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Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history considers the question of what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost WWII. Some 20 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the major hegemonic states. But the tension between these two powers is mounting, and this stress is playing out in the western U.S. Through a collection of characters in various states of posing (spies, sellers of falsified goods, others with secret identities), Dick provides an intriguing tale about life and history as it relates to authentic and manufactured reality. Tom Weiner reveals an impressive vocal range that delivers the host of characters with distinct culture, class and gender personas, which helps to sort the various plot strands. His prose reading is engaging, though sometimes lacks sufficient emphasis and energy.
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This book is a great read! I recommend it to anyone who loves history!Published 1 day ago by Albert C. Everling
I read this because I heard it's going to be a TV series this fall. I've since seen the previews, and the TV show doesn't seem very much like the book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by SpiderPie
Bought the book after I started watching the Amazon series. However, I'm a big fan of Phillip Dick's work. This book was no exception .. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Steven J. Welton
Starts slow, but builds some good intrigue. It doesn't have an "ending", I guess it is left up to the reader to use their imagination. Read morePublished 5 days ago by ES
Typical PKD. Meandering forward, then a few steps to the left, then to the right. Staggering like a drunk, only to leave you where you started, wondering "what the hell did I just... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Roger Johanson
I had never read this classic by Philip K. Dick, then saw the pilot from the upcoming Amazon TV series. It made me curious to read the book. And I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mandorichard
Entertaining read, but it wound up feeling like a short story, lotta stuff yet unresolvedPublished 10 days ago by kevin nolan