rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is an early Stephenson, written in the mid-90s. A fable about a conspiracy to implant a chip in the brain of a presidential candidate and remotely guide his utterances by automated polling – a candidate guaranteed to say what people will like.
There is much to like here – a deeply ironic humor and some interesting characters and characterizations that remain as fresh 12 years after (it helps that there was a Bush presidency for each decade). With some small exceptions, the technology is rather fresh as well, which is rare for a tech thriller/sci-fi fantasy.
I rather liked it – it got me through a trip back and forth to Las Vegas in economy, which was the reason I got it. So, yes, recommended. Though I won’t read it as many times as I have Cryptonomicon…