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AH novel: President Kissinger by Maurice Girodias
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Stan Boleslawski
2004-07-04 05:41:01 UTC
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Has anyone on the NG read a rather obscure AH novel from 1974, "President
Kissinger" by Maurice Girodias (of Olympia Press fame). In "Venus Bound: The
Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press and Its Writers", John de St. Jorre describes
it very intriguingly:

'' Calling the book ' a political science fiction ', Girodias blended current
events, science fiction and pornography...the story starts off by
establishing that a change in the American constitution allows a foreign-
born citizen to become president. Henry Kissinger wins the election, and
the yarn gathers momentum. Marco Vassi, one of Girodias' regular
writers, was assigned to add some sex scenes. One of the wildest has
Kissinger cavorting with a German girlfriend who is wearing her brother's
SS uniform while the statesman is in a frilly French maid's outfit..."

This book, published by Girodias' Venus-Freeway Press, may have caused
Girodias' problems with the INS and contributed to the end of his career
as a publisher. If anyone has read it, I would like to hear some comments.
Arviragus888
2004-07-04 15:31:16 UTC
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Post by Stan Boleslawski
Has anyone on the NG read a rather obscure AH novel from 1974, "President
Kissinger" by Maurice Girodias (of Olympia Press fame). In "Venus Bound: The
Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press and Its Writers", John de St. Jorre describes
'' Calling the book ' a political science fiction ', Girodias blended current
events, science fiction and pornography...the story starts off by
establishing that a change in the American constitution allows a foreign-
born citizen to become president. Henry Kissinger wins the election, and
the yarn gathers momentum. Marco Vassi, one of Girodias' regular
writers, was assigned to add some sex scenes. One of the wildest has
Kissinger cavorting with a German girlfriend who is wearing her brother's
SS uniform while the statesman is in a frilly French maid's outfit..."
This book, published by Girodias' Venus-Freeway Press, may have caused
Girodias' problems with the INS and contributed to the end of his career
as a publisher. If anyone has read it, I would like to hear some comments.
Hullo,

No, I have not read it, nor do I intend to. One of the reasons I read
these posts is because I want to see America and the World improved.
Kissinger(to me as bad as Hitler) was not born in the US, so he's
gaijin and ineligible to be President of the US.


Sincerely yours,


Arviragus888
Rex F. May
2004-07-04 19:23:05 UTC
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Post by Stan Boleslawski
Has anyone on the NG read a rather obscure AH novel from 1974, "President
Kissinger" by Maurice Girodias (of Olympia Press fame). In "Venus Bound: The
Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press and Its Writers", John de St. Jorre describes
'' Calling the book ' a political science fiction ', Girodias blended current
events, science fiction and pornography...the story starts off by
establishing that a change in the American constitution allows a foreign-
born citizen to become president. Henry Kissinger wins the election, and
the yarn gathers momentum. Marco Vassi, one of Girodias' regular
writers, was assigned to add some sex scenes. One of the wildest has
Kissinger cavorting with a German girlfriend who is wearing her brother's
SS uniform while the statesman is in a frilly French maid's outfit..."
This book, published by Girodias' Venus-Freeway Press, may have caused
Girodias' problems with the INS and contributed to the end of his career
as a publisher. If anyone has read it, I would like to hear some comments.
Hullo,
No, I have not read it, nor do I intend to. One of the reasons I read
these posts is because I want to see America and the World improved.
Kissinger(to me as bad as Hitler) was not born in the US, so he's
gaijin and ineligible to be President of the US.
The book, I think, included a constitutional amendment for that reason. I
remember reading it when it first came out. Pretty hokey. I think Ted
Kennedy was his VP. Kind of a trotskyite book, I think.
Raymond Speer
2004-07-04 23:00:42 UTC
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When the novel was written, it was "future history," and only age turned
it into "alternative history."

I never found any of it plausible.

(X) Ted Kennedy is Kissinger's VP. President Kissinger does not care
about domestic policy, so VP Kennedy handles those issues. While
Kissinger dwells in diplomatic Olympus, Ted Kennedy is in charge of
homeland issues and there is no stress whatsoever in that bifurcated
arrangement..

(X) One of the scenes feature American radicals. These Weathermen
deluxe kidnap a studio full of people and execute hostages on live TV .
Their reward is that the USA cedes some cities to the radicals so that
they can rule their favorite bits of turf.

WTF? Terrorists murder ordinary citizens and the government deals with
them by offering carrots!!!!!!????? I don't think so.

(X) At the book's end, all repressive regimes have collapsed and it is
time for World Government. Former US President Kissenger is elected
President of the World by vote of the UN General Assembly.
Jack Linthicum
2004-07-05 11:27:46 UTC
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Post by Raymond Speer
When the novel was written, it was "future history," and only age turned
it into "alternative history."
I never found any of it plausible.
(X) Ted Kennedy is Kissinger's VP. President Kissinger does not care
about domestic policy, so VP Kennedy handles those issues. While
Kissinger dwells in diplomatic Olympus, Ted Kennedy is in charge of
homeland issues and there is no stress whatsoever in that bifurcated
arrangement..
(X) One of the scenes feature American radicals. These Weathermen
deluxe kidnap a studio full of people and execute hostages on live TV .
Their reward is that the USA cedes some cities to the radicals so that
they can rule their favorite bits of turf.
WTF? Terrorists murder ordinary citizens and the government deals with
them by offering carrots!!!!!!????? I don't think so.
(X) At the book's end, all repressive regimes have collapsed and it is
time for World Government. Former US President Kissenger is elected
President of the World by vote of the UN General Assembly.
Ah, but remember that Kissinger was the guru of malaise, 'we must find
a way to surrender gracefully so that the few who have good sense can
live the good life while the Communists rule the world'. Gerald Ford
was the last gasp of this group with his idea of a co-presidency with
Ronald Reagan. Try an AH WI out of that bargain going through. Allen
Drury's bad future in realty.

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