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The survival of a President: Alternate history and the spectre of Vietnam in Stephen King’s 11/22/63

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The survival of a President : Alternate history and the spectre of Vietnam in Stephen King’s 11/22/63. / Stobbart, Dawn; Gregory-Fox, Alan.

In: European Journal of American Culture, Vol. 38, No. 2, 01.06.2019, p. 155-168.

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Stobbart, Dawn ; Gregory-Fox, Alan. / The survival of a President : Alternate history and the spectre of Vietnam in Stephen King’s 11/22/63. In: European Journal of American Culture. 2019 ; Vol. 38, No. 2. pp. 155-168.

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