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In God We Trust: A Novel of American Politics (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Harrington

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A chronicle of our times based on real events, In God We Trust is a story of political intrigue, religious conspiracies, and the corruption of money. It’s the story of Dante Jefferson Washington, a brash, young, black, religious conservative and Deputy Chief of Staff to South Carolina Senator Winston J. Sinclair. Dante’s ambitions for public service soon become entangled in the unholy alliance of money, politics, and religion that define our national political dysfunction. His journey echoes that of his Italian namesake in The Divine Comedy.

A social and political contradiction because of his race and political ideals, Dante pursues his Beatrice in a former college classmate, a beautiful immigrant medical student caught between her British Christian and Pakistani Muslim heritage. Their lives and those of their two closest friends are torn apart by the disaster of 9/11 and the war that follows.

The author is a prize-winning political scientist and economist. The political narrative is informed by recent research into national partisan polarization that challenges and dispels some of the false popular ideological stereotypes promoted by both party extremes.

What is this book about?
On the story/plot level it’s about our current political dysfunction seen through the eyes of a “coming-of-age, loss of innocence” protagonist. It is also a mystery of conspiracies of Freemasons, religious orders, and backroom politics. At a timeless, philosophical level it’s about whether the foundation of social order should be derived from the laws of a higher power or from the laws established by man's reason. Even if one rejects the idea of a higher power, the religions of the Book then reflect the wisdom of the ages, so the question is to what extent man’s enlightenment improves or supplants that wisdom of the ages. The answer is unclear and worth contemplating…

Excerpt:

CHAPTER ONE

Dante Jefferson Washington was a black man in America, whatever that meant. He wasn’t really sure. In the past it would have meant he was a slave. But today it could mean something completely different, like he was supposed to be good at hoops. Besides, he wasn’t really 'black' black. In reality, his skin had that milky tinge of café au lait, or maybe caffe latte or macchiato, depending on the season. He was a Starbucks-hyphenated American because his ancestors had evidently conspired in some unspeakable mixing of the races. Hell, maybe he descended from ol’ General George hisself.

But Dante knew the anomaly of his life was not his skin color. It was his politics. He was conservative, actually, a Conservative. In truth he was young, educated, an urbane lover of jazz and blues, and considered himself socially, well, broadminded. Every morning he stood before the mirror and stared at this caffe latte man named after an Italian poet, perhaps descended from the Great White Father of his country. No matter. At the dawn of the New Millennium in the U.S. of A., one was black or white, liberal or conservative—there could be no mixing of these bloodlines. On Capitol Hill he was a black man, and a Conservative—a true freak of nature.

Why? Well, he supposed that was a complicated question.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Michael Harrington is a political economist, public policy analyst, and author. He holds advanced degrees in political science, finance, and economics and his scholarship has garnered several prestigious awards, including the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Prize for best research in policy studies. He currently writes on economic policy and politics on the blog, Casino Capitalism and Crapshoot Politics. Harrington has harbored a life-long fascination with the art, culture, and politics of the Italian Renaissance, and has lived and studied in Italy, near Florence. His enduring interest in the social movements and artistic creativity of this period led him to study the life stories of Girolamo Savonarola, Niccolò Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. As a visiting scholar to the Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he conducted research with primary Renaissance materials for his dramatized history-fiction trilogy on Savonarola and Machiavelli. This work, titled The City of Man: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, has been an Amazon Kindle bestseller for more than four years running. Harrington recently published two more works. Saving Mona Lisa is a novel about the world’s most famous painting told through the eyes of Leonardo da Vinci’s young assistant and eventual archivist, Francesco Melzi. The story is inspired by two real mysteries: Why did Leonardo insist the painting was never finished, refusing to surrender it to its rightful owner? And, who painted the copies, several of which depict Mona Lisa bare-breasted? Political Economy Simplified: A Citizen’s Survival Guide is a condensed public policy primer that integrates analyses of economics, financial markets, and American politics into a broad overview of national policy for citizen-voters. An early convert to digital technology, Harrington is a pioneer in the development of digital book formats, or eBooks. His eBooks are programmed to take full advantage of the search and link capabilities of digital text, as well as incorporating the enhancements of images, illustrations, tables, and indexes. These features give readers the freedom to pursue their own path through the story with direct access to historical information on the Internet.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1678 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 399 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1492833045
  • Verlag: RSBS Productions (9. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GDIDZI2
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging, provocative and timely novel 20. November 2013
Von A. Hall - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In God We Trust is a highly entertaining historical fiction of our country’s relatively recent past, merging politics, romance and intrigue. The main character is a young African-American conservative working in politics in Washington DC with a front row seat and active participation in the political decisions made in the aftermath of 9/11 and other seminal events in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The fact that he is African-American and a conservative provides an interesting perspective and challenges many of our preconceived notions about politics and political affiliations. This novel illuminates much of what goes on behind the curtain in American politics and is quite a contrast to what we see on the evening news. Backroom political deals and cronyism are in full display and entirely credible, making one wonder if there is anyone in Washington, on either side of the aisle, who really puts doing the right thing above their concern about being reelected. It’s not all politics though; there is plenty of romantic tension and intrigue to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. In God We Trust is a fascinating and thoroughly engrossing novel that I highly recommend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen In God We Trust is a great read. Highly recommend it! 21. November 2013
Von Dave Magee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Michael Harrington's latest novel "In God We Trust" brings us his richly drawn and fulfilling characters who, varied as they are, pull us into the torrid life in and around big time national politics. As we get to know Dante, the story's lead character, we find him drawn into a political plot of money, power and intrigue played out around the last millennium and across the nation. Dante's world heats up when the beautiful, exotic Jaz enters his life, but the swirl of campaign action is unrelenting, pressing Dante to uncover the truth behind a string of tantalizingly unexplained occurrences in his political work. What he finds is searing but propels him to his life's true calling. A well written, wonderful read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book! 6. November 2013
Von Jon Fitzsimmons - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Based on the fictionalization of real world politics, finance, religion and secret societies, Michael Harrington's "In God We Trust" captures a similar mystery-thriller feel as a James Patterson book, in my opinion, but with a more intellectual foundation. The truly brilliant part of the book is how the fictional characters illuminate the crossroads of connections in modern society. The well-told story begins during the roaring 1990's at the peak of the dotcom bubble, which is a great entry point for anyone who appreciates the wild optimism of that era. The main character, Dante, a black conservative, provides a unique perspective on the elite, inside world of Washington.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen in god we trust 4. Mai 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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this is a fascinating look at what goes on inside a senate office. beautifully written with believable charters (including some from real life) and using actual historical events which happened in the not too distant past the story goes a long way toward explaining some of these events and some of the players. starting with the 2000 election - its lead up through the lies and dirty tricks of the primaries and the nasty finish in florida, then moving on to the tragedy of 9/11 it follows the life of a black republican congressional staffer and three of his friends, one of whom dies when the world trade center comes down and two of whom are on the other side of the political fence. the story intensifies when the staffer realizes that all is not as it seems on the surface and that what seemed like innocent leaks may have put him in a difficult legal position. it all resolves itself at the end and finishes with a mildly surprising career change for the protagonist. this is an interesting look at politics from a mostly republican point of view, but no doubt the democratic point of view is as bad or worse. in many respects it is a sad statement on what our government has become and the even sadder realization that is isn't going to get any better. thank you Michael Harrington. this was a job well done!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring, revealing, heartfelt 24. April 2014
Von Conservative in Excile - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this story for many reasons. This was one of a very few that spoke to me through my own"politics" of conservatism, individual responsibility and freedom. I've never practiced any religion but have always felt the spirit of this world. Harrington gives us believable characters, offering personal insight from all positions. He weaves his story amongst the tragic events of 2001 through to nearly current day. This story reminded me of these and enhanced my knowledge and improved my insights, including educating about the founding principal of this country ... faith.
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