• by Austin Grossman
  • Narrated by Kiff VandenHeuvel
  • 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning novelist Austin Grossman reimagines the Cold War as an epic battle against the occult waged by the ultimate American antihero - Richard Nixon.
Richard Milhous Nixon lived one of the most improbable lives of the 20th century. Our 37th president's political career spanned the button-down '50s, the Mad Men '60s, and the turbulent '70s. He faced down the Russians, the Chinese, and, ultimately, his own government. The man went from political mastermind to a national joke, sobbing in the Oval Office, leaving us with one burning question: How could he have lost it all?
Here, for the first time, is the tale told in his own words: the terrifying supernatural secret he stumbled upon as a young man, the truth behind the Cold War, and the truth behind the Watergate cover-up. What if our nation's worst president was actually a pivotal figure caught in a desperate struggle between ordinary life and horrors from another reality? What if the man we call our worst president was, in truth, our greatest?
In Crooked, Nixon finally reveals the secret history of modern American politics as only Austin Grossman could reimagine it. Combining Lovecraftian suspense, international intrigue, Russian honey traps, and a presidential marriage whose secrets and battles of attrition were their own heroic saga, Grossman's novel is a masterwork of alternative history, equal parts mesmerizing character study and nail-biting Faustian thriller.


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I'm speechless, but I have to write something.

The few times I got to see Nixon up close gave me a sort of sympathy for the man. I almost cried when this book came to an end. It made him so human. The demon story takes a huge back seat to the delightful insights into the political process in general, and the presidency in particular. Loved it!
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- Jonathan

Excellent narration

The book captures the essence of Nixon: angry, self-righteous, and deceitful, but also surprisingly human.
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- Kyle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio