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Interface by Neal Stephenson
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Aug 05, 2009

really liked it

If'n you like Neal Stephenson you'll probably like this book. It seems a little lighter on the technology than his usual books (there aren't so many passages describing the inner workings of some obscure technical concept): the book is basically a political thriller.

The basic premise is that William Cozzano, the wildly popular and down to earth governor of Illinois, suffers a stroke and loses some motor and verbal ability. Meanwhile, the President of the USA decides to quit paying any interest on the national debt which causes the shadowy Network that owns huge amounts of the debt to take an immediate interest. They decide to implant a neural chip in Cozzano in the hopes of controlling him after he wins the Presidency.

Of course since it's a Stephenson book the plot is much more complex than that and includes many supporting characters who intertwine (or don't) with the main plot. If you like the guy's style I imagine you'll enjoy this book.
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