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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,377,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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"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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What a fabulous book! Timely and prescient, it creates a world in which the government dominates and individualism has died. Through his wonderful characters, realistic detail, and flashes of humor, Bob Zeidman takes us on a journey of what the U.S. could become, leaving us with the stark realization that we have an urgent responsibility to turn this country around before it's too late.

Once you start reading "Good Intentions", you won't be able to put it down. I read it on my Kindle while flying across the country. There were times I laughed out loud at some of the crazy rules and technology developments in this new world, and other times I felt my skin crawl when I realized that some of the events in the book have already started to happen. The best books evoke a range of emotions and connection with the characters, and this book does all of that and more. This is the best political book I've read in years. Buy it, read it, and tell your friends!
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*This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

This is the not the first book that I have read from author Bob Zeidman but this was certainly different.

this book provides a very thought provoking, and somewhat frightening, loko at what could happen to our society if this insistence on "Political Correctness" carries on at the same alarming rate that it is now.

What seems to be a good thing takes a dark turn with this satire filled book which reminded me a great deal of the movie Demolition Man in places.

Clever and well thought out, I am not sure I would use the term enjoyed for it but I would recommend it for people who might enjoy a different take on dystopian fiction. For me this was worse than any of the post apocalyptic stories I have read because this book hits really close to home!

A well deserved 4 stars from me V""V

***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.***
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