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One Nation under God based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This was by far my favourite read of 2006 and one that made my everyone must read list, which I don't often add books to. First, this was one of the most unique (to me at least) and brilliant ways to put together a book. We are guided through the tale via journal and blog entries, news articles, emails between people, radio interviews, speeches and so on. At first glance. I admit I held a slight expectation that this book would be a little slow to read because of that fact. Boy was I ever wrong. I practically inhaled this book, couldn't put it down and fell in love with it instantly. I also had the misconception that this would be a non-fiction then learned otherwise after reading the cover. When you read it though, it is positively scary how close it feels to something that really could be a part of our future and I don't just mean the USA (I am in Canada). This could happen anywhere in the world. I loved the way the author takes current events and brings them forward to a conclusion that is all at once chilling and enlightening. Imagine a world in which one religion becomes the accepted way and all others, along with all alternative ways of life (sexual and otherwise) become outlawed. This book guides you through such a world and brings you the insiders view from many aspects. The characters are complex and stunningly written and the plot mainly revolves around an eleven year old girl named Mary Christopher. Mary is the daughter of the latest President, a President who along with Mary's mother (crusader for family values) and 'uncle' Gene (evangelical leader) are determined to lead America to a better way of life. Things aren't so cut and dried for Mary though after she meets an aetheist online who constantly gives her much to think about and other vivid characters who help her to realise that it is possible to unlearn everything you always thought was right and change your way of thinking. This book has so many ways of being defined, like coming of age story, dystopia and many more but to me, in all honesty, it's beyond definition. (other than great, of course). Everyone should read this book at least once. Whatever your preferences are in life (and not just religiously), this book will give you one hell of a wake up call when it comes to freedom and intolerance. Speaking personally as someone who is into alternative lifestyles and religions this book brings a lot to light and shockingly, to me, even taught me a lot more about acceptance of others ways of life and choices, not just tolerance.
Wales takes us on a journey down the path of theocracy in the United States. The book only uses pages from diaries, emails, and web pages, as well as clippings from news reports to tell his saga. This distinctive approach to storytelling is vital to getting closer to the characters; it makes the story more personal as you submerge deeper into the personal turmoil and triumph faced by the characters. You won¿t want to put the book down because you must know what happens next to each character as the plot thickens and the drama plays out in front of you. I found myself finishing a chapter and glancing at a clock to see that it was three in the morning. Wales takes us into what a possible theocracy in the United States will look like and how it will affect people through the writings of those creating the theocratic policies and those affected by them. One of the main characters affected by these policies is the daughter of the very theocrat pushing his religion upon the citizens of the United States, even if he is nothing more than a marionette in the hands of another power-hungry theocrat. Historic theocracies have turned corrupt and such holds true in Wales¿ story. Wales looks at numerous issues that are at the heart of social debate today and weaves them into his story seamlessly. When you finish reading the book you¿ll find yourself pondering these issues and thinking about people affected by such issues. You may not change your mind or stance, but at least you¿ll be thinking about it. A sign of a good book is not just a good story, but a story that makes you think and ponder the issues; a story that makes you consider things with a different perspective and perhaps, just perhaps, persuades you to be more accepting of people that are different than you. Wales¿ book should appeal to a wide audience, from all ranges of life, regardless of their religious affiliation, sexual preference, political position, ethnic background, or social belief. If more people understood the ramifications of theocracy there might be fewer people desiring one in the United States.