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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595125441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595125449
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,885,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A lifelong advocate of freedom and free markets, Don Fredrick has consistently promoted the reduction of government interference in both the personal and economic lives of Americans.

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A lifelong advocate of freedom and free markets, Don Fredrick has consistently promoted the reduction of government interference in both the personal and economic lives of Americans. He is the author of "Colony 14," a novel about the nation's future if it continues on its collectivist path; "What You Don't Know About Economics Can Hurt You," an economic primer for the average American, who was never taught basic economic concepts; and "The Obama Timeline"--the most comprehensive account of the life of Barack Hussein Obama. Part I of the Timeline, which covers August 4, 1961 through Obama's first 100 days in office, is available in paperback. Part II chronicles the events of April 30, 2009 through the present. It is updated on a daily basis and can be read at www.theobamatimeline.com.

Don's latest book, a collection of essays about politics and economics, is "Can It All Be A Coincidence?"

Don was born and raised in Chicago and lived in the area most of his life. In late 2007 he retired to a life of research, reading, and writing. He and his wife now live in a quiet coastal town, where they take their Weimaraner for long walks while discussing how much better the world would be if only everyone would follow their advice.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George on July 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Colony 14 by Don Fredrick is a philosophy book following the stile of Ayn Rand's book Atlas Shrugged.

The book builds a what-if-society if the government keeps making to many laws. This book really does resemble Atlas Shrugged. The basic story line is about the same. The book follows the story of several successful individuals in a world that laws are making it increasingly difficult to be successful. Details about the government are more important to the story then the people themselves.

What are some of the consequences of having a national health plan? What about equal opportunity employment? What if unions had so much power that you couldn't run you business with out the consent of the union.

I the book Colony 14 Americans have made the words fair and equal mean the same thing. It is not fair to have only a white male president we should have people that are black and we should have women. We should not forget about the Hispanic community. The year is 2030 and we have presidents of the United States, four of them to be exact. The four presidents are made of two women, two men, one White, one Black, and one Hispanic. That's only fair right?

In this system the government will support the rights of one group by squashing the rights of another. They will tax one set of people to give jobs to another.

The book is a great read. Like Ayn Rand, Don Fredrick presents the concept of no government where capitalism is a self-managing system. The book almost makes it sound possible and it has some excellent points. After reading this book I think you will see most of our governments spending and regulations as wasteful. If you believed in a federal health care system before reading the book you may be questioning you believes.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Mikkelson on April 16, 2009
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This story takes place in the United States of 2030. The U.S. at this point is a parasite infested nanny state. If you are not a politician, bureaucrat, or union worker you might as well throw in the towel. The well developed main characters try to resist, but in the end they choose the only rational solution.

This book was written for people who would like to read Rand's Atlas Shrugged, but are deterred by the books 1100 page length. This book is a fast read at only 259 pages.

Colony 14 is classified as fiction, and rightly so, but I couldn't help notice that the book was quite prophetic in many areas. When this book was written in 2000 one could hardly imagine that some of the government actions described in the book would have already taken place in 2009, with more on the way.

My only real criticism is that the book ended too abruptly. There were at least a few more chapters left to be written. It was an enjoyable read, and it was interesting seeing the parallels between the U.S. in Colony 14, and what we are witnessing in real life.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paulette G. Doherty on December 21, 2012
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. Story was terrific! It is an interesting look to the future. I would read other things by this author. Delivery on my Kindle was so fast and easy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2012
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Good so far. The auther does a good job explaining free market economics and why statism and social fail. I felt the story could have been drawn out a little more -- more show and less tell. Looking forward to the ending.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Frazier on May 23, 2010
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I enjoyed this book a great deal. It is excellent in making the case for a limited, Constitutional government which should only concern itself with the small job description provided by our Founding Fathers and stay out of micro-managing every aspect of American citizens' lives. Fredrick does a wonderful job at showing the irrationality of over-regulation; over-emphasis on equality of outcomes versus opportunity; unions and how fantastically illogical people can become when government plays a part in not only determining incentives & financial reward but in how they go about their jobs ... how governmental interference actually thwarts creativity and work ethic - all of which end up perpetuating finger-pointing, blame, laziness, poor standards and an entitlement mentality amongst those willing, for whatever reason, to trade their liberty. This book is about the consequences of government run amok and how those who DO recognize its overstepping of boundaries / Constitutional mandates, are demonized, ridiculed, ostracized, attacked and misrepresented. They are aware that a big, meddling government exacerbates & magnifies societal problems & destroys liberty and individual freedom as well as American excellence and brings about ruination. Fredricks is almost clairvoyant in some of the scenerios he presents (though fictional) because we are actually witnessing the advent of many of them. My only criticism of the book is an unneccessary discussion of God where one of the main characters seems to step outside of the persona with which we've become familiar. This exchange may turn off some readers, even though many will be able to continue reading in spite of having just been through a diatribe with which they absolutely may not agree. The main gist of the book remains the important thing, so I overlooked that one exchange. I would gladly go to Colony 14.
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