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The former running mate of Eugene McCarthy, Callahan makes his fiction debut with a political drama that collapses under the weight of minutiae. Mick Whelan, a displaced Connecticut Yankee finds himself on the slopes of an American volcano, Mt. Loowit, when it erupts and devastates the landscape and, not incidentally, kills Mick's secret lover, Rebecca. Rescued by Jonas and Martin, a father and son, who prove to be uncannily ubiquitous for the rest of the novel, Whelan parleys his notoriety into a congressional seat. Aided by the novel's narrator, Gabe Bientempo, Whalen's career develops over the next 17 years along a populist agenda as he moves from the House to the Senate, where his oratorical powers and acute knowledge of Roberts Rules of Order gain him primacy, and position him for a presidential bid. By then, however, even the most generous readers will have lost interest. The prose stumbles and reels around, spewing wooden and improbable dialogue, and dwelling on petty, unnecessary details of everything from driving methods to officious waitstaff to colors of neckties. Whatever human drama might fuel the plot is buried in a flurry of confusing congressional procedures, and suffocated deep in logistical boredom.
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"...strong debut novel that tracks the political rise of an idealistic Oregon candidate that begins in the turbulent 1960s..." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 2007

"...uses real names and places whenever possible...to shed fresh light on events...which...(have) been "airbrushed from Oregon's history." -- The Oregonian, June 29, 2007

"I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it...Fact or fiction? Regardless, it is a 5-star read." -- Arm Chair Interviews, June 4, 2007

"The lead characters...are children of the 1960s who chose to remain in the political arena, fighting the good fight." -- The Denver Post, June 15, 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Pub (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155591649X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555916497
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,392,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joseph E. Duncan on May 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Callahan has written a riveting and sensitive novel of friendship and political coming of age from the 1960s to 2000. His writing is simultaneously clear, beautiful and complex, and he is a masterful storyteller. Heartily recommend this powerful novel--"a book you could love".

J. Duncan
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John Callahan, professor of humanities at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, and former running mate of Senator Eugene McCarthy in his presidential campaign in Oregon, has used his wit, his educational background and his political experiences to write a thoroughly engrossing novel. Besides the political angle, he creates believably likeable characters that value friendship, family, love and integrity.

Gabe Bontempo first meets Mick Whelan at the civil rights march on Washington in 1963. From there, they continue to run into each other as political operatives--Bontempo working for the 1968 presidential campaign of Bobby Kennedy and Whelen working for the campaign of Eugene McCarthy. Neither campaign went the way the characters hoped, but they grew to be friends when Whelen decides to run for Congress from Oregon and asks Bontempo to manage his campaign. Together, they learn the real ropes in Washington, D.C.

They work on legislation that invokes both anti-war and environmentalist stands--forging political connections and making political enemies as well as networks of supporters. Yet, as they are doing this, they are also loving their wives and raising young families. They have to deal with death, divorce and heartache as well as the adulation and press notoriety that comes with increasing fame.

Whelen is the mover and shaker within the book, but Bontempo is the man behind the "man you could love." While Whelen is a Congressman and later a Senator and even a Presidential candidate, his friend Gabe is the one he confides in and the one who smoothes the way for his many appearances. It is hard to say if Gabe Bontempo really has a life of his own, but as the narrator of the story, he knows all the angles.
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John Callahan has written a compelling, sensitive, powerful and insightful novel into the complexities of Washington politics, without obliterating the warmth and intimacy of the family, both extended and personal. A classic.
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This book is both enlightening and exciting. It will be welcomed by anyone interested in the history of late 20th century US politics as well as those who enjoy a great story.
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