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Random House Publishing Group, May 31, 2005 - Fiction - 640 pages
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From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise.

There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage—an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip implanted in his head hardwires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channeled directly into his brain. Forget issues. Forget policy. Cozzano is more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect.

“Complex, entertaining, frequently funny."—Publishers Weekly

“Qualifies as the sleeper of the year, the rare kind of science-fiction thriller that evokes genuine laughter while simultaneously keeping the level of suspense cranked to the max."— San Diego Union-Tribune
“A Manchurian Candidate for the computer age.” —Seattle Weekly







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User Review  - benjamin.duffy - LibraryThing

You can tell it's Stephenson, as it deals with some of his main concerns, but you can also tell it's early Stephenson. Not as smooth, sleek or brainy as Snow Crash (which actually predates this book, I believe) or The Diamond Age, but a fun, thought-provoking read. Read full review

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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

Good stuff--holds up surprisingly well after ~15 years. Especially appropriate now with the election. However, I got halfway through and realized I'd already read it. I have no idea when. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
24
Section 3
47
Section 4
50
Section 5
97
Section 6
162
Section 7
177
Section 8
184
Section 21
370
Section 22
381
Section 23
389
Section 24
396
Section 25
428
Section 26
436
Section 27
448
Section 28
464

Section 9
209
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
257
Section 14
268
Section 15
272
Section 16
307
Section 17
308
Section 18
310
Section 19
313
Section 20
328
Section 29
470
Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
491
Section 33
526
Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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About the author (2005)

Neal Stephenson is the author of The System Of The World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and other books and articles.

J. Frederick George is a historian and writer living in Paris.


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