For the People: The Invisible Hand of Power’s Unofficial Guide to the 2008 Presidential Election

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iUniverse, Nov 10, 2010 - Fiction - 188 pages
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“NYC Prep” meets The Manchurian Candidate in this blistering satire of the 2008 Presidential Election. Voltaire is a child born into ultimate privilege; his family is one of the ruling members of “They,” the invisible hand of power behind mankind’s machinations, as in “They say you need to eat more fruits and vegetables, or donate ten percent of your pay, or believe ...”

As young Voltaire prepares to enter manhood and take his place at the table, he finds himself disagreeing with what “They” say about the upcoming US Presidential election. Emboldened by the impetuous confidence of youth and the fresh face of Barack Obama, he decides to do something about it.

The result is a hilarious, uncompromising look at modern society. Religion, gender, race, celebrity, class—nothing is sacred in this sensationalized romp through the incestuous world of American pop-political culture that chronicles an insider’s fanciful interplay with all the characters. From Caribou Barbie to terrorist pals who made the 2008 campaign one for the ages, For the People intersperses real life with fiction—but is it really fiction? While the outcome of the 2008 Presidential election may be known, this surreal journey behind the election, with its many twists and turns, poses real questions for the people to answer about our role and responsibility in it all.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2Wyoming
4
Chapter 3Palm Beach
12
Chapter 4Paris
20
Chapter 5New York City
24
Chapter 6Los Angeles
28
Chapter 7Des Moines
34
Chapter 8Manipulate the World Preparatory Academy
38
Chapter 19Berlin
100
Chapter 20Lake Forest
104
Chapter 21Toronto
110
Chapter 22Minneapolis
112
Chapter 23Toronto
116
Chapter 24Honolulu
122
Chapter 25Miami
126
Chapter 26Pennsylvania
132

Chapter 9New York City
42
Chapter 10Chicago
48
Chapter 11Boulder
52
Chapter 12Washington DC
60
Chapter 13Mexico City
64
Chapter 14New York
68
Chapter 15Montréal
74
Chapter 16Manipulate the World Preparatory Academy
82
Chapter 17Phoenix
86
Chapter 18Berlin
92
Chapter 27New York
136
Chapter 28Las Vegas
140
Chapter 29Somewhere Outside Las Vegas
142
Chapter 30A Cave Somewhere Outside Las Vegas
148
Chapter 31A Cave Somewhere Outside Las Vegas Ten Minutes Later
156
Chapter 32New York
158
Chapter 33Chicago
162
Chapter 34Chicago Four Hours Later
168
Epilogue
174
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John Manriquethe "alleged" author, Is a self-proclaimed social satirist whose work-including his debut novelOcean Raton-has amused himself and burdened friends and family for years. Prone to delusion, he appropriately lives in South Florida with his wonderful wife and two beautiful children. For more information, visit www.johnmanrique.com.

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