Derail this Train Wreck

Derail this Train Wreck

by Daniel Forbes

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A few bleak years hence, Dick Cheney's twisted twin has burrowed his way to the top. A police-state Hammer falling on tall and short alike, our hero has more spine than initially suspected. The unloved spawn of a civil-liberties crusader and a fumbling Philip Marlowe, the Hammer soon smashes him, and he embarks on a Quixotic protest against what his country has become.
Blood spilled, he's ridiculed on every front page in town and has to marshal all his slapdash forces to save his skin and clear his name. Escaping mangling medical ‘tests,’ he’s smeared and spied on, then hounded by lying officials, a dissembling press and malfeasant cable ‘news.’
An upside-down funnel, Derail this Train Wreck’s focus broadens throughout. An assassination attempt sends the Narrator fleeing to Washington, where he becomes enmeshed with four soldiers – a crusading private, a soul-sick Special Ops sergeant, a femme fatale major and the corrupt general she seeks to bring to heel – as he's pursued by the End-Times cult that dominates the halls of power. A wuss when we meet him, we eventually see our hero on the verge of stomping to death a man come to kill him.
The struggle in D.C. casts light on the largely unrequited relationship America has with its few who do the fighting and dying. Initially a rather crabbed soul, by the time the beautiful, imposing major careens into his life, he’s wrestling with the likely personal cost of helping to save soldiers lives in a country no longer free.
A rollicking, dystopian noir, Derail this Train Wreck is built from such real-world bricks as the author’s testimony before the House and the Senate at hearings he caused; his contemporaneous analysis of the Russians using a blog to provide military intelligence to Iraq during the U.S. invasion of 2003, and his federal lawsuit against the NYPD and Lincoln Center -- which was eventually acknowledged as bolstering free-speech case law.

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BN ID: 2940012475060
Publisher: Sell Derail
Publication date: 05/18/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 482
File size: 799 KB

About the Author

Daniel Forbes’s journalism helped curtail a covert, federal propaganda program: the White House's sub-rosa $22-million to propagandize TV sitcoms and dramas. Published by Salon, this series led to four congressional hearings, his testimony before House and Senate subcommittees, and awards from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the Online News Association and a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He’s been published by Slate, MSNBC, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Reason, The Nation, Wired, Alternet and Newsday and appeared on ABC, FOX, CNN, the BBC, Pacifica and NPR.

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