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American War

(2017)
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Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
“Powerful . . . As haunting a postapocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy [created] in The Road, and as devastating a look as the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in The Plot Against America. . . . Omar El Akkad’s debut novel, American War, is an unlikely mash-up of unsparing war reporting and plot elements familiar to readers of the recent young-adult dystopian series The Hunger Games and Divergent.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Omar El Akkad’s urgent debut transmutes our society’s current dysfunction into a terrifying yet eerily recognizable future, where contemporary global and local conflicts have wreaked havoc on American soil." - Elliot Ackerman

"Omar El Akkad has created an American future that is both terrifying and plausible." - Peter Heller

"American War, a work of a singular, grand, brilliant imagination, is a warning shot across the bow of the United States. Omar El Akkad has created a novel that isn’t afraid to be a pleasurable yarn as it delves into the hidden currents of American culture and extrapolates from them to envision a deeply tragic potential future." - David Means

"American War is an extraordinary novel. El Akkad's story of a family caught up in the collapse of an empire is as harrowing as it is brilliant, and has an air of terrible relevance in these partisan times." - Emily St. John Mandel


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September 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: American War
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
ISBN: 1-5098-5219-0 / 978-1-5098-5219-2 (UK edition)
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April 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: American War
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ISBN: 0-451-49358-3 / 978-0-451-49358-3 (USA edition)
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April 2017 : Canada Hardback
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Title: American War: A Novel
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
ISBN: 0-7710-0939-9 / 978-0-7710-0939-6 (Canada edition)
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: American War
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
ISBN: 1-5098-5221-2 / 978-1-5098-5221-5 (UK edition)
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February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: American War
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ISBN: 1-5098-9266-4 / 978-1-5098-9266-2 (UK edition)
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January 2018 : Canada Paperback
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Title: American War: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-7710-0941-0 / 978-0-7710-0941-9 (Canada edition)
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: American War: A Novel
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
ISBN: 1-101-97313-7 / 978-1-101-97313-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: American War Exp
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ISBN: 0-525-56330-X / 978-0-525-56330-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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April 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: American War Exp
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
ISBN: 1-5247-1118-7 / 978-1-5247-1118-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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April 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: American War: A novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
ISBN: 1-5247-7985-7 / 978-1-5247-7985-6 (USA edition)
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March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: American War
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
ISBN: 1-5098-5220-4 / 978-1-5098-5220-8 (UK edition)
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September 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: American War
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
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September 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: American War
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September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: American War
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April 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: American War: A novel
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
ISBN: 1-5247-7979-2 / 978-1-5247-7979-5 (USA edition)
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Title: American War: A Novel
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April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: American War: A Novel
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April 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: American War
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April 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: American War
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April 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: American War: A Novel
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March 2017 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: American War
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Publisher: Picador
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