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The Man Who Ate His Fingers: War & Justice [Kindle Edition]

William John Cox

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Book Description

The Man Who Ate His Fingers is a fact-based political philosophy. It is narrated by fictional characters, including the protagonist Sam, a homeless Army veteran, who suffered severe emotional distress from his participation in a Gulf War atrocity.

Sam is so distraught by the Iraq war and the injuries suffered by Iraqi children and young American soldiers, he decides to bite off and swallow a finger every day to demonstrate the stupidity of war and the idiots who glorify it.

The ordeal of Sam is covered by a political columnist, who reports the mutilations and what Sam has to say every day about war, government and corrupt officials. The event goes viral and people around the world are mesmerized by Sam's sacrifice. He receives an avalanche of book and movie offers.

A psychiatrist finds that Sam is much like brave police officers and fire fighters who risk their lives for the safety of their communities. He and the columnist agree to write a reality-based political philosophy, in which Sam offers a wealth of out-of-the-box solutions to the loss of freedoms being suffered by the people of the United States, the illegal wars being fought in their name, and other relevant political issues.

They are assisted by Alana, a retired navy nurse, who cares for Sam and who offers a conservative perspective, and the columnist’s college-age daughter, Heather, who shares the thinking and political views of young people.

In addition to all of its other facets, the book becomes a love story when Alana becomes pregnant and she and Sam are married.

The book is published in three parts. The first, War & Justice, takes place during the last year of the George W. Bush administration. It includes Sam’s belief in the inherent goodness of humans; a way for voters to seize control of their government; achieving a nurturing society; women’s rights and how to increase their participation in government; organizing the presidency to be a nonpartisan advocate of the policy and will of the People; outlawing war against other nations and their people in favor of executing arrest warrants for dictators who harm their own people and threaten the United States; provisions for a safe, just and civil society: the most valuable rights of the First Amendment; and the hope for change promised by Barack Obama.

The next part, Free Enterprise, is set during the first two years of the Obama administration and addresses issues of taxes, the financial services industry, labor and capitalism, health care, energy and transportation and a national retirement system.

The final part, The Future, takes place during the last two years of the Obama administration and ends just prior to the election of 2012. It is concerned with hunger, education, the environment, political federations and science and space.

The love story sustains through a series of crises, as Alana and Sam struggle with complications of his illness. Together, they experience the birth and first steps of their daughter, Mei Lynn, and look forward to her future.

When completed, The Man Who Ate His Fingers: A Political Philosophy will be published in a print edition. In the meantime, each part will be available electronically for everyone who is interested in preserving the safety and future happiness of those who shall walk the path once our journey has ended.

Editorial Reviews

Review

Political philosophy blends with fiction in a darkly riveting series of stories centered around one Sam, who decides to make a political statement about the senseless of the Iraq war - by biting off and swallowing a finger a day in protest.

A political columnist who covers the event and interviews Sam for his perspectives and political slant on life finds his reporting has gone viral: suddenly everyone wants to know about Sam, involving columnist and commentator in a collaboration that will help people face their own political realities, and which ultimately will result in Sam's marriage to a retired Navy nurse.

War and Justice is the first of three installments, which range in time from the end of the George W. Bush administration through that of Barack Obama .....While based on the economic and political tones of its time, War and Justice's focus on one man's wide-ranging decision to change his own world offers a striking set of insights powered with grisly yet pointed actions:

Facts about election fraud, the process of true democratic assessment, voter rights in the face of changing political beliefs and behind-the-scenes influences, and much more permeate a novel which is essentially a social observation piece using the fictional characters of Sam, Alana and others to capture the social and political feel of the George Bush era.

Peace and justice issues permeate Sam's life - and The Man Who Ate His Fingers: War & Justice provides a complex, powerful survey of individual connections to political realities and social change in a hard-hitting novel recommended for any politically astute reader.

D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer
Midwest Book Review

About the Author

For more than 40 years, William John Cox vigorously pursued a career in law enforcement, public policy and the law. As a police officer, he was an early leader in the "New Breed" movement to professionalize law enforcement.

Cox wrote the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the introductory chapters of the Police Task Force Report of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, which continues to define the role of the police in America.

As an attorney, Cox worked for the U.S. Department of Justice to implement national standards and goals, prosecuted cases for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and operated a public interest law practice primarily dedicated to the defense of young people.

Professionally, Cox volunteered pro bono services in two landmark legal cases. In 1981, representing a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, he investigated and successfully sued a group of radical right-wing organizations who denied the Holocaust. The case was later the subject of the Turner Network Television motion picture, Never Forget.

Cox later represented a "secret" client and arranged the publication of almost 1,800 photographs of ancient manuscripts that had been kept from the public for more than 40 years. A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls was published in November 1991. His role in that effort is described by historian Neil Asher Silberman in The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, and the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls.


Cox retired as a Supervising Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California, where he led a team of attorneys and investigators who targeted the prosecution of attorneys accused of serious misconduct and criminal gangs engaged in the illegal practice of law.

Over the years, Cox has written extensively on public policy, politics, philosophy and the human condition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Mindkind Publications (June 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EPEDGK
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More About the Author

For more than 40 years, William John Cox vigorously pursued a career in law enforcement, public policy and the law. As a police officer, he was an early leader in the "New Breed" movement to professionalize law enforcement.

Cox wrote the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the introductory chapters of the Police Task Force Report of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, which continues to define the role of the police in America.

As an attorney, Cox worked for the U.S. Department of Justice to implement national standards and goals, prosecuted cases for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and operated a public interest law practice primarily dedicated to the defense of young people.

Professionally, Cox volunteered pro bono services in two landmark legal cases. In 1981, representing a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, he investigated and successfully sued a group of radical right-wing organizations which denied the Holocaust. The case was later the subject of the Turner Network Television motion picture, Never Forget.

Cox later represented a "secret" client and arranged the publication of almost 1,800 photographs of ancient manuscripts that had been kept from the public for more than 40 years. A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls was published in November 1991. His role in that effort is described by historian Neil Asher Silberman in The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, and the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Cox retired as a Supervising Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California, where he led a team of attorneys and investigators who targeted the prosecution of attorneys accused of serious misconduct and criminal gangs engaged in the illegal practice of law.

Over the years, Cox has written extensively on public policy, politics, philosophy and the human condition.

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