Is America on the verge of secession?
In this exciting, revolutionary novel, author Don Durrett creates a future where one California county, Kern County, secedes from the rest of the state to form its own country called Isabella.
Kern County: The Path to Secession and a New Constitution portrays how this new country comes into being. The centerpiece is a new constitution that attempts to solve most of society's lingering problems. It is ambitious and full of extraordinary ideas never attempted before in America.
Kern County is shown to be an ideal location for secession because of its abundance of oil and agricultural revenue, as well as a small population (less than 1 million people). If the citizens reorganize government and create a new economy, it might be a prosperous place. The book explores whether they will come to this conclusion in the future or not.
This story examines secession movements in the near future, and what kind of constitutions they may live by. Will there be places like Isabella that completely re-organize society and start over? Kern County: The Path to Secession and a New Constitution shares some of these possibilities. It is guaranteed to make you ponder the possibilities of how we all might change.
|Publisher:||Ten Books Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Informative and Timely This is one of the most interesting and realistic novels I’ve read in a long while. Don Durrett has created a fascinating look at a near future where Kern County, a California county, has decided to secede from the rest of the state in order to create its own country called Isabella. In this novel, Durrett chronicles how this new county become a country unto itself, through the creation of a new constitution that makes a bold attempt to solve some of the current problems that face Americans (and Californians). The solutions are ambitious and I completely the admire the idea, frankly. According to the book, Kern County would be the ideal place to begin secession due to the abundance of oil and agriculture. Plus, the relatively small population is also advantageous, so if the citizens were to reorganize the government, Kern County could be successful. This is an extremely thought-provoking line of thinking and is not completely unfounded, what with groups in Texas, California, and several other places now discussing secession. (Who could blame them?) The book makes some very good points, plus it’s well-written and organized—reading more like nonfiction than a novel. For anyone who is interested in how politics works, this is a terrific and engaging premise.
This book struck me in multiple ways, making it hard for me to decide how I felt about it. The basis of this book I believe to be extremely important. The author, Don Durrett, makes the point that our country is headed toward a time in which we really could see states secede. We have a large national government that is slowly losing the faith of the people, and we already have states that have filed for secession. That being said, the story that follows is not the most enthralling. The first half of the book reminds me of the videos they would make us watch in elementary school that gave us questions and answers in a way that helped us pay attention. The dialogue is purely informational and not that exciting. He goes through the whole new constitution that he has written and talks about each section. That was important to do, I just dont love how it was done. It more tells a story than shows it. There is not a lot of action involved. In the introduction he mentions that he wrote this book very quickly, and I think that shows. But again I do think that it is very thought provoking. It is worth the read if you are interested in politics and follow current events, but it is not something that will suck you in and keep you from being able to put the book down.