This is another alternate history by Turtledove. This history begins with FDR's first election and ends decades later. It is a dark, social look at totalitarian politics.
This is a tale of two brothers and how they fare in a society quite different from the one we have experienced. It takes the nation at a crux in our social development. The depression has kicked in and the nation is in a crisis. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is running for President. Joe Steele is a first generation American who has strong ideas for the country. Instead of FDR being elected, as in our history, Steele is elected. Steele takes the radical attitudes of a hard right politician and runs with them.
The story shows the interplay between the administration and the lives of the two Sullivan brothers both of whom are newspaper men. Charlie goes with the flow and Mike bucks the system. The results are the basis of the plot.
This is a dark and frightening look at how democracy can go awry.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.