The President’s Desk: An alt-history of the United States
For those who enjoy US history and Shaun Micallef’s absurdist style of humour. As a fan of both, I enjoyed this book.
The book traces the US administration from 1837 to present day with each chapter providing a fictional story of a presidential era.
As usual, truth is stranger than fiction and I found the chapters based on true events to be the funniest and most enjoyable to read. For example, Elvis Presley requesting Richard Nixon to make him a “federal agent at large”.
It is where Micallef indulges in more surreal tales that the book loses its pace. Stories of the Rat Pack attempting to ‘assassinate’ the Resolute Desk or Bill Clinton’s intern having a drug induced hallucination missed the mark.
While some jokes overstay their welcome, the President’s Desk is overall an interesting and entertaining read with more than a few laughs.
Rating: Three stars.