Monday, February 12, 2007

It Can Happen Here

It Can Happen Here book cover

So I joked about this one time, but saw today that there really is a book coming out on this theme: It Can Happen Here - Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush. The only part I got wrong was that it's by some live guy, Joe Conason, rather than a zombified, reanimated, spectral or otherwise undead Sinclair Lewis.

From the Publishers Weekly blurb on Amazon:
Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel It Can't Happen Here envisaged a right-wing populist president, advised by a cunning political strategist and backed by a cynical alliance of religious fundamentalists and corporations, who uses security threats to consolidate dictatorial powers, destroy civil liberties and establish folksy fascism. This is a virtual blueprint for the current Bush administration, a "corrupt and authoritarian ruling clique" that accords the president "the prerogatives of a king," argues political columnist Conason.

Available starting Feb. 20, until the next book-burning.


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