Thursday, January 10, 2013

The New Founders by Joseph F. Connor and Michael S. Duncan

The New Founders by Joseph F. Conrad and Michael S. Duncan wasn’t at all what I expected. From the description, I thought it would be a somewhat factual story about what it would look like if the Founding Fathers came back today. What would they think and say. What would they recommend.

Instead, it was a wholly fictional story about the literal George Washington showing up to a random group of modern day men who embodied the spirit and attitudes of several of the Founders. As they realize they are in the presence of the REAL George Washington, and recognize the fact that they are proxies for his original companions, they take it upon themselves to get him elected president under a pseudonym.

Unfortunately, having just gone through a real presidential election, the campaign they run is successful only because it springs from the minds of the authors. In real life, the ability of the American people to recognize greatness and desire to revert back to our founding principles is highly overrated, to say the least. 

The book was an odd science-fiction type book, stretched to incredulity. I didn’t really like it and it irritated me because I love the Founders and really wanted to like this book. 

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