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The George Washington Constellation

The George Washington Constellation

Title: The George Washington Constellation
Author: Edward Correia
Publisher: Edward Correia
ISBN: 978-1469974774

Although the Bible does not specifically state “everything happens for a reason,” so many verses in Psalms imply it. In Edward Correia’s The George Washington Constellation, there is an attempt to hone in on this God-given concept.

This two hundred and fifty seven page paperback book has a photograph of the famous Washington Monument lighted up against the dark D.C. sky on the front cover and a short paragraph about the book along with a longer author biography and author photograph on the back. There were noticeable spacing (pages 147, 217 and 230) and capitalization (inconsistent application of senator) errors with minor punctuation mistakes. Due to some profanity and subject matter, the book would not be recommended for preteen age or younger.

Correia tells the story of David Buckthorn, a small town lawyer from Wyoming, who decides with apprehension to run for United States Senator. Written in first person, David mentions the underhanded corruption of power climbing to the top politically but is constantly reminded of his preacher grandfather’s repeated admonition that God has a plan for all things and He is the one in control.

After Senator Buckthorn and his wife Evy settle down in Washington, have a baby girl named Lizzy and try to blend in with other politicians, he feels comfortable in his legislative role. Having one of his bills rejected in Congress, his grandfather die of a heart attack and his daughter deal with a sarcoma, David quickly becomes despondent and decides not to run for a second six year term. However, with an opinionated, bigoted and crooked challenger and against his wife’s wishes, he feels it is his obligation to rerun.

When it is discovered that his wife had an abortion years previously from a gang rape, the couple do not publicize their reasoning, causing David to loose points in the polls. David steps up to the plate by going after the unscrupulous opponent who promoted a teenager’s supposed botched abortion death. In the end, David gets reelected, only to serve two years and quit. The last twenty pages are about his daughter’s high school tennis match.

On a positive note, because the book is written in first person, it almost reads as a senator’s daily diary of details, explaining the ins and outs of our government. The link to constellations being named after famous people gets lost in running for a political office and not mentioned often. Not being a page turner type of novel, the sometimes mundane with sporadic highlights leads to an anticlimactic, almost confusing ending.

This review is also posted on http://www.bookpleasures.com and http://www.amazon.com


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The Black Book

The Black BookAuthor: Adlai E. Stevenson III
Publisher: Adlai E Stevenson III
ISBN: 978-0-9823710-0-8

America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great is a famous quote by Alex de Tocqueville. Adlai Stevenson III probably believes in this quip from the mid 1800s and it shows in his book, The Black Book.

The Black Book is a two hundred and ninety-nine page book that compiles quotes, quips and personal beliefs of his great grandfather, father and himself over a span of one hundred and fifty years. In this book, Adlai III (as he calls himself in the book) has researched and reorganized years of history into “themes” such as Politics, Speeches, Religion, The Press, Crime and Justice, and Money and Economics, etc based on his ancestors’ and his beliefs, morals and aspirations.

Going back to Abraham Lincoln’s era in the mid 1800s, it tells stories of his great-great grandfather Jesse Fell who was Lincoln’s sponsor. It gives quotes from his grandfather, Adlai I who was Vice President under Grover Cleveland along with input from Governor Adlai II in the mid 1900s and includes the Senator’s own experiences and stories.

Most of the book is Adlai III’s own thoughts and theories on historical events in both past and current events and how they played out within politics, the government and world systems. He mentions time and time again the actual Black Book that he and his ancestors kept throughout the decades, a book the reader can only imagine is voluminous and detailed but cannot actually see or read.

When offered to review this book, I expected a “coffee-table” type book with photos of the three Adlais, copies of their actual notes and cards that were in the original Black Book along with more of a timeline of history how it happened. However, The Black Book has none of these expected features. It is not a scrapbook but an explanation of the original family’s Black Book through Adlai III’s eyes and opinions.

Because Adlai’s interpretations and themes are meshed together instead of listed historically, the reader easily gets lost in who said what or who actually thought what. Some quotes have no author while others could be confused with prior or after listings. There is the occasional extra space in some wording along with sporadic paragraph indents.

Adlai III has his own opinions of world events and how they play out and they are profusely promoted in the book. The reader may find the author to be cynical at times, mocking the Bible, Christian evangelicals or those without Reason (mentioned often as logical thinking instead of ideology / beliefs) or demean any one involved in the “other” political party. Some of the themed chapters (i.e. Education and Money) end with future predictions of delusion, turmoil or chaos where America may not be able to redeem itself. The chapters on Lincoln, the Press and Israel were enlightening from a senator’s perspective. There are plenty of moments of humor and wit placed throughout the book which do give the feel of the roots and family history. Adlai III has no answers to correct our beloved America except to look to our past along with maybe foretelling Europe’s new rising.

The Black Book is typically opinionated as it is written by a politician. Any person considering going into politics or governmental service should read this book to see how a person’s beliefs, morals and thoughts are portrayed and perhaps swayed to be changed, especially over time. After reading it, I remain an apathetic American who votes what I want, even crossing party lines or leaving a section blank when there are no decent alternatives.

As the Bible says in Isaiah: “Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord … If you be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” Perhaps it is time both political parties actually “Reason” together to make America great again.

Posted April 2012:



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