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The Center Cannot Hold

(2002)
(The second book in the American Empire series)
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AMERICAN EMPIRE: BOOK TWO

In this spectacular, thought-provoking epic of alternate history, Harry Turtledove has created an unparalleled vision of social upheaval, war, and cutthroat politics in a world very much like our own—but with dramatic differences.

It is 1924—a time of rebuilding, from the slow reconstruction of Washington's most honored monuments to the reclamation of devastated cities in Europe and Canada. In the United States, the Socialist Party, led by Hosea Blackford, battles Calvin Coolidge to hold on to the Powell House in Philadelphia. And it seems as if the Socialists can do no wrong, for the stock market soars and America enjoys prosperity unknown in a half century. But as old names like Custer and Roosevelt fade into history, a new generation faces new uncertainties.

The Confederate States, victorious in the War of Secession and in the Second Mexican War but at last tasting defeat in the Great War, suffer poverty and natural calamity. The Freedom Party promises new strength and pride. But if its chief seizes the reins of power, he may prove a dangerous enemy for the hated U.S.A. Yet the United States take little note. Sharing world domination with Germany, they consider events in the Confederacy of little consequence.

As the 1920s end, calamity casts a pall across the continent. With civil war raging in Mexico, terrorist uprisings threatening U.S. control in Canada, and an explosion of violence in Utah, the United States are rocked by uncertainty.

In a world of occupiers and the occupied, of simmering hatreds, shattered lives, and pent-up violence, the center can no longer hold. And for a powerful nation, the ultimate shock will come when a fleet of foreign aircraft rain death and destruction upon one of the great cities of the United States. . . .

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Exciting action, well-drawn characters who draw you into their lives and joys and sorrows, a tightly logical and engrossing plot, and an encyclopedic knowledge of history that enriches the narrative without slowing it - what's not to like? Buy the book!" - S M Stirling


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Hardback Editions

October 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: American Empire: The Centre Cannot Hold
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 0-340-82011-X / 978-0-340-82011-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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June 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 0-345-44421-3 / 978-0-345-44421-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Paperback Editions

June 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Center Cannot Hold (American Empire, Book Two) (Southern Victory: American Empire)
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 0-345-44422-1 / 978-0-345-44422-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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January 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: American Empire: The Centre Cannot Hold
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 0-340-82012-8 / 978-0-340-82012-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

January 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Recorded Books
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January 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
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January 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold (AUDIOBOOK) [CD] (UNABRIDGED) (The American Empire Trilogy,
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 1-4361-0213-8 / 978-1-4361-0213-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2006 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 1-4361-0211-1 / 978-1-4361-0211-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold (American Empire Series)
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 1-4361-0214-6 / 978-1-4361-0214-8 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

April 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: American Empire: The Centre Cannot Hold
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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June 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Center Cannot Hold (American Empire, Book Two) (Southern Victory: American Empire 2)
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA