Farewell, My Republic

Farewell, My Republic

by John F. Binder

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ISBN-13: 9781609101732
Publisher: BookLocker.com Inc
Publication date: 05/06/2010
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

John Binder, now retired, taught college-level history (Ph.D Northwestern University)and was the Deputy Director of a not-for-profit agency. He writes satire, plays piano, and collects recordings. He is married to Christina and has two sons. The couple share their home with two Siamese cats.

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FAREWELL, MY REPUBLIC 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bill_Hastings More than 1 year ago
There are two general strategies found in Kafkaesque satire. You can start out with the humdrum and slowly slide to the outer limits, as in The Trial, leaving puzzled readers to figure out when and how they got there. The second approach begins with the essential irrationality, as in Kafka's Metamorphosis, and then everything follows predictably from the initial absurdity. Binder's outrageous satire, Farewell, My Republic, is solidly of the second type. It starts with the (almost believable) premise that to gain political advantage, distract the masses, and defeat corruption, the U.S. government's habit of attacking imagined enemies could be extended to declaring war on a part of America itself--the marvelously corrupt town of Grant. Although the final resolution, with America becoming a monarchical dictatorship, needs more fleshing out to be convincing, most of the action more-or-less reasonably follows from the premise. Along the way, Binder has great fun with various aspects of current American decision making from political conventions to our obsession with diversity. Farewell, My Republic offers a rich incentive for discussion of how American has lost its political sanity and where we could end up if we are not careful.