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…
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.