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"I'd call it '2084' except it feels much, much closer.  Extremely clever... and chilling.  Bob Zeidman takes us to what would appear to be a strange, strange land except I already live in California."

  • Evan Sayet, bestselling author of The KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks


"In Good Intentions, Bob Zeidman has created a funny yet frightening look into a future that, unfortunately, is approaching way too fast."
  • Paul Gregory, Hoover Institution research fellow and author of Women of the Gulag andTerror by Quota


"Bob Zeidman's delightful dystopian fable had me alternately laughing, raging, and shaking my head at the folly of bureaucratically imposed 'equality' and 'fairness.' Don't miss it!"
  • Adam Bellow, editorial director, Broadside Books and president, Liberty Island Media

About the Author

Bob Zeidman is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and film maker who is also a software engineer, parallel entrepreneur, mathematician, and expert witness. He lives in Silicon Valley where these kinds of activities are the norm. He plans on taking a little time off before his next venture, whatever that may be.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Swiss Creek Publications (June 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970227620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970227621
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob is the president and founder of Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation (www.SAFE-corp.biz), the leading provider of software intellectual property analysis tools. Bob is considered a pioneer in the field of analyzing software intellectual property, having created the CodeSuite(R) program for detecting software IP theft and measuring software IP growth.

Bob Zeidman is also the president and founder of Zeidman Consulting (www.ZeidmanConsulting.com), a premier contract research and development firm in Silicon Valley that now focuses on consulting to law firms about intellectual property disputes. Since 1983, Bob has designed computer chips and circuit boards for RISC-based parallel processor systems, laser printers, network switches and routers, and other complex systems. His clients have included Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Facebook, Intel, and Texas Instruments, and Zynga. Bob has worked on and testified in cases involving billions of dollars in disputed intellectual property.

Bob's secret life includes writing three award-winning novels and three award-winning screenplays. He earned a 1999 Opus Magnum Discovery Award from the Hollywood Film Festival for his novel Horror Flick, where he got to walk down the red carpet with celebrities like Jon Voight, Martin Landau, Harrison Ford, and Cameron Diaz, and he came "this close" to abandoning Silicon Valley for Hollywood.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sjdave on November 12, 2012
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Zeidman spins a funny tale about a future USA where everything is absolutely fair, equal, and safe, where leaders are chosen by ethnicity more than their qualifications, and where free speech is tolerated but a government speaker is at the ready to counter any talk of freedom or capitalism. Of course it would be funnier if it didn't resemble where we are as a nation or at least where we seem to be headed. One small episode from the book had kids covered in padding on a playground where it was impossible to get hurt. This one hit home for me as my kids' favorite playground was recently replaced by a new design with nothing high off the ground, made of materials that would never feel hot or cold, and with no place you could ever get a scrape, or as my kids put it, no fun anymore. Maybe the new playground designer took some cues from Zeidman's book. Obviously written from a conservative perspective, but regardless of your political persuasion, well worth a read and reflection on what you want your government to do and not do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eugene on March 23, 2013
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What an amazing book! First, it is highly entertaining, taking jabs at everything we think of in the modern politics and economics but are reluctant to voice. Second, it is written well and reads as easily as a Dan Brown's book. Lastly, there's plenty of serious issues to ponder behind all that humor. Gasp, I wish more of my countrymen read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke on March 17, 2013
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This was a good light read; it's a pretty accurate extrapolation of where things are headed with regard to political correctness, government-mandated fairness, etc. The author (who is a hardcore engineer, if you read his bio) seems to have asked the question, "what would happen if the far-left 'idealists' really had their way?" This book is the fairly humorous answer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Welch on February 6, 2013
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"Good Intentions" is a well written and interesting book which effectively combines George Orwell's "1984" and Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" in a modern, up to date version that is more comprehensive and far easier to read than its predecessors. As I remember, the first two books portrayed `Big Government' as the enemy but Zeidman correctly identifies both `Big Government' and `Big Business' as the problem. For this modern version combining two classics the author, Bob Zeidman, deserves a great deal of credit. This is an enjoyable and thought provoking book, one well worth reading.
Like the earlier works "Good Intentions" provides a clear prediction of where our ever expanding government is leading our society. It is not a pretty picture and, as outrageous as some of the things mentioned in the book may sound, it has a definite ring of truth. Any clear thinking American should consider this as a call to action.
Back to my question, what's not to like?
The problem is "1984" and "Atlas Shrugged" carried the same message and that message was pretty much ignored or minimized by the mass of people. I fear that "Good Intentions" will suffer the same fate; Zeidman may simply be a modern version of Cassandra.
Another consideration is that "Good Intentions" is a great literary work that provides a dark but somewhat realistic view of the future. What it does not do is provide a plan for how we can avoid the kind of society described. And, to be honest, the picture is a bit exaggerated presenting a one sided argument ignoring many of the realities of modern society. Of course a strong case can be made for just presenting one side since the `other side' is well engrained in our everyday political discourse, especially by politicians pushing a `progressive agenda.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Readstuf on August 24, 2012
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It's hard to know where to begin. It's not often one finds oneself set in an "alternative" U.S., operating under values and laws that the author sees as what this nation will probably have, some years from now, if we keep going in the direction we are headed in.

It's not a pleasant view. Perhaps a bit exaggerated, with creative extrapolations, improbable settings and events, but who knows? There is some jumping around, I thought, in time periods and between characters, that can take some time to unravel but if you step back and view the whole scenario as it develops, you can wonder if this is what you would like the U.S. to be in the not-to-distant future. Or whenever. Gone is entrepreneurship, individuality. Here is uniformaty and the extreme concerns about anything being "unequal": regardless of impacts, society/government must take all steps to level the playing field about everything .

The ride can get a bit bumpy and to me, though not noted, there seems to be two parts to the storyline of the book. Some of the second part is a bit strange. But then again, this book presents the author's thoughts of what the future may be like.

I can say I've not read anything like this before. Maybe you hadn't either. Maybe you ought to consider the message and, though not specifically written - the warning - of what we may become if we don't take steps to keep it from happening.

It's worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By harpo on February 19, 2013
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One of those light fables with a simple but captivating story, and a very strong philosophy and message tucked inside.
Will entertain you AND make you think.
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