- Series: In Search of a Popular America
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Writeindependent.org; 1 edition (May 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996203206
- ISBN-13: 978-0996203203
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,322,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Search of the Next P.O.T.U.S.: One Woman's Quest to Fix Washington (In Search of a Popular America) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 13, 2015
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"The author is upbeat and offers positive solutions to problems that can seem disheartening and overwhelming. At the end of In Search of the Next POTUS, the reader will truly feel that even though the choking ivy of special-interest money has grown deep over our representational democracy, if we work together, we can clear root and branch, [and] restore our productive nation." - Craig Clevidence, Director, Renew Democracy
"By including her own personal experiences the book reads like a novel, which was so great." - Susan Durik, Author, How You Can Fight Human Trafficking
"If you're overwhelmed by the bleak political, social, environmental and financial picture our country has gotten itself into, you may have given up hope. Do yourself a favor and get this book ASAP!" - Sherie Stark, Journalist
"Even if you're apolitical, you will enjoy her adventures as she learns the ins and outs of our political quagmire. You will share her sense of empowerment when she determines that change is possible and develops the framework for accomplishing this monumental task." - Christine Lynch, Author, Tender Points: A Fibromyalgia Memoir
"I was literally tearing up as I read the last few chapters. What a powerful vision for us to rally around!" - James Montgomery, Space Exploration Systems Engineer
From the Author
I felt compelled to chronicle the year and a half after my divorce, when I took a serious stab at correcting what many people feel is a hopeless situation: our never-balancing-a-budget, overspending, non-representative government. They had given trillions of dollars to criminals in the banking industry, are squeezing the middle class out of existence, and spent ridiculous sums of money chasing other countries' resources, droning and bombing anything that gets in their way, with horrific results. The FDA and the USDA are run by Monsanto insiders, our food is suspect and our health is deteriorating. Not being one to sit things out, I had to do something.
Freedom, opportunity, and democracy shouldn't just be buzzwords tossed around by the elite in Washington. If we care about these values, then we need to do something FAST. We have lost our way, and this book is a call to action, showing how to have the political power to improve our lives.
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P.O.T.U.S. is hopeful: Frankel reveals an indefatigable optimism about the possibilities for sensible political change in America. It is energetic: Frankel’s defense of democracy requires ever more participation by a voting population propelled by a Jeffersonian sense of civic education. It is brave: Frankel is not afraid to chase down anybody, from movie and TV celebrities to politicians, in order to garner support for her ideas. It is naïve: Frankel assumes that a pledge of honesty by politicians equals honesty by politicians and that good ideas will be adopted because they are good. It is a true believer’s testimony: Frankel knows what she stands for, admits no contrary quibbles, and never backs down. And it is enjoyable: it traces the author’s personal journey in a way that allows the reader to identify with her ideals, frustrations, and even failures, all leavened by a slightly self-deprecating sense of humor.
A couple of minor caveats. P.O.T.U.S. suggests a particular vision of history presented as a forthright narrative, but it really is a polemic that bypasses some standard sources of evidence that do not fit her case. The book also is weighed down by not always helpful or necessary notes and appendices. Footnoting should allow a reader to reconstruct the argument of the text. Frankel’s massive notes hide more than they illuminate. They often bear less on support for her arguments than to show how widely read in the contemporary left-liberal press she is.
I highly recommend this book 1) for the clear and decisive solutions it offers to the challenges which if not remedied will destroy America as a recognizable version of itself, and 2) as a wake-up call to anyone who thinks the battle to return power to the majority of American people will be easy. Maybe armed with a greater understanding of issues, potential solutions, and the obstacles to genuine reform, American citizens can regroup and ultimately succeed.
I think the current circus being paraded as an American election cycle certainly brings the substance of this book into full focus. We really do need to rethink our two party duopoly and this book blazes the trail right in to the heart of the corporate run electioneering system.
Many of us have probably thought, well, if we have a good idea all we have to do is get a website, showcase that good idea on the website and the throngs of people will come flocking and we will be off to the races and in no time our corrupt system of government will be something relegated to the distant past. As this book points out, there will be disappointment, but this book also points out that if we don't let that disappointment drag us down, maybe right around the next corner lies some shining light of success.
This book is all about never giving up.