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American War

(2017)
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Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
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, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. Telling her story is her nephew, Benjamin Chestnut, born during the war - part of the Miraculous Generation - and now an old man confronting the dark secret of his past, his family's role in the conflict and, in particular, that of his aunt, a woman who saved his life while destroying untold others.

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 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

"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


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September 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: American War
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ISBN: 1-5098-5219-0 / 978-1-5098-5219-2 (UK edition)
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: American War Exp
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Title: American War
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ISBN: 1-5098-5221-2 / 978-1-5098-5221-5 (UK edition)
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Title: American War: A Novel
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: American War: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-101-97313-7 / 978-1-101-97313-4 (USA edition)
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April 2017 : Paperback
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Title: American War (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Omar El Akkad
ISBN: 1-5247-7985-7 / 978-1-5247-7985-6
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April 2017 : Paperback
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Title: American War Exp
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ISBN: 1-5247-1118-7 / 978-1-5247-1118-4
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March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: American War
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September 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: American War
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September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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April 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: American War: A novel
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Title: American War: A Novel
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Title: American War
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Title: American War: A Novel
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