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Alexander Hope is a retired billionaire businessman turned college history professor. He is a libertarian and ardent advocate of liberty. Some of his students convince him to seek the nomination of the 'Free Libertarian Party of America' for president. Due to some very unusual circumstances, he ends up winning the presidency.
Once in office, he is on a mission to reduce government and introduce liberty to people's lives. He is willing to do whatever it takes including some actions that will likely shock most readers. Hope is such a radical libertarian that it is likely almost everyone will be bothered by one or more of his positions. Most of the solutions here would undoubtedly do a great deal to restoring freedom to the lives of American citizens. If we actually had a situation like this, the turnaround that would be experienced would be amazing. It is a very fun book to read, at least for one who is a libertarian philosophically. I suspect that statists would not appreciate it nearly so much.
In spite of the entertainment value, the book does have a few problems. Some of these appear to be deficits that the authors have regarding our system of government such as the fact that impeachments originate in the House, not the Senate. Another one that jumps out is an error regarding the number of members of the Senate.
There are also some problems with formatting and run on words that may only apply to the Kindle version, which is the way that I read it.
Besides the problems cited above, the story has a few things that make the storyline unrealistic, even if a hardcore libertarian were elected to the presidency.Read more ›
Alexander Hope is a college professor whose students convince him to run for President as the nominee of the Free Libertarian Party of America. After enduring a convention every bit as bizarre as I remember them, he does get the nomination, though a more mainstream party hack is nominated as Vice President. The Democratic candidate dies in a freak accident and the Republican candidate ends up in some hopeless scandal and thus Hope is elected President. Social media and the Internet play a big role in this.
Yes, as I would expect there are several attempts made on his life as he pushes through his pro liberty agenda. Impeachment attempts follow and then the FLP abandons him for being "too extreme." The characters are well developed and Hope truly lives up to his name. The ending is very satisfying.
If you are a libertarian you will very likely really enjoy this book, as I did. I don't see a scenario like this playing out, but the optimism in this book is refreshing. The collaboration between Zelman and L. Neil Smith is very effective.
This novel is thoughtful and entertaining. I very much recommend it.
Irreverent, consummately well-informed (pertinent even to the recent #OccupyMalheur uprising against the federal Bureau of Land Management, a foul mess stewing for decades in the flyover country of the Jackelope Rebellion) and entertaining on a humanist character development level, it's the sort of contemporary political science fiction that would be up for a "retro Hugo" this year were the Social Justice Warriors not ripping the guts out of the World Science Fiction Society in a "destroy the village in order to save it" campaign.
Rabid Puppies, anyone?
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Excellent book, great read. Portions are very thought provoking. A perfect companion to The Mitzvah also by Aaron Zelman and L.Neil Smith.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a libertarian, I loved this book. The politics, hypocrisy, the heartless power grabbing all seems too real to me. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by BJD
One of L. Neil's better writings. Don't read the previous book by Zelman and Smith, it was horrible. This one makes up for it. Amusing, thoughtful and as I said, I Wish.Published on November 27, 2013 by Gustav W. Gere
Aaron does it again. Having read his book "The Mitzvah" (on gun control), I wasn't surprised by the quality of the story line, character development, and the sound... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Carl R. Stevenson
No pun intended but I had high hopes for this book, the thought process of reading about someone trying to get elected to the highest office of the land is not a new one however... Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by philswan
It's just too bad that we can't get a president like Alexander Hope into office. Instead we're stuck with the political machine drones, hacks and morons. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Bearman45
This book is very entertaining from the start, but crumpled toward the end. While first part is story-driven, it gets worse and resemble manifesto closer to conclusion: do this, do... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by IgorR
It is ironic how this little novel/political parable written in 2000 fits into the current political climate. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Ken Warner
While almost nobody wants to read about political maneuvering, this book is about politics done right.
I received this book, read it, and loaned it out - in two days. Read more
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