As the United States plunges into political crisis and civil strife, their plans go astray and the country heads towards anarchy and tyranny. Meanwhile, U.S. Army chief of staff Douglas MacArthur, is the American Caesar who could be king and has the power to stop Hoover and his cronies. Thus the stage is set for a perfect recasting of Shakespeare’s time-honored classic - Julius Caesar. Combining Shakespeare’s story with classic pop culture elements and the two mainstream events of the 1930’s - economic depression and the rise of Fascism - Caesar Americanus demonstrates the timeless value of a great work and how grateful we should be for the history we have.
Review: CAESAR AMERICANUS: AN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR -INTO TYRANNY by John-Allen Price
Release: September 15 2015
One of my special interests is alternative history. Since childhood I've been a "what if?" person. I am overjoyed to discover (thanks to NetGalley) the exceptional independent historian and author John-Allen Price. INTO TYRANNY is the first volume in an incredible alternate rendering of not just the U.S., but Europe, on the eve of World War II. [Socialist France! The U. S. on the verge of Fascism!]
Mr. Price not only paints the broad landscape of politics and politicians, of war and peace, of the American economy post-Depression. He also delineates human emotions: greed and respect, aggression and compassion, ego and altruism, grief and surrender, vengeance and hope. His chapters on the American populace's grief at FDR's early and untimely death in 1939 made me weep; it was similar, for me, to the grieving at the assassination of JFK. Even the characters who loom larger than life are still clearly individualized: the late FDR and Hitler, MacArthur and Patton, Hoover, Father Coughlin, Huey Long.
INTO TYRANNY is an incredible novel. The next volume of CAESAR ANERICANUS: AN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, INTO FIRE, releases December 1.