Tuesday, October 30, 2012

{Review} "Founding Fathers Know Best" by Ross Edward Puskar

Title:  Founding Fathers Know Best
Author:  Ross Edward Puskar
Publisher:  Hugo House Publishers
Publication Date: April 25, 2012
Genre:  Political Satire
Format:  Kindle 514 KB   | Paperback 294 pages

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Author's Goodreads Profile:  Lane Stark 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Ross Puskar's "Founding Fathers Know Best" is the intriguing political satire that brings past Presidents back to the White House to match wits with the new President. Learn all about today's Constitutional and political issues as you discover the Presidents Club - populated by the spirits of all deceased U.S. Presidents, with a mission to help the new guy when he gets off track. Before the country goes totally off the rails - and before the Constitution is completely shredded - George Washington has sent his top team back to DC to address high gas prices, our rising debt, healthcare, Government abuse, corruption, border security, defense, Islam, class warfare and much more. For one week John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison will visit each evening with the President. Will the President be receptive to their recommendations?
Diving in...
I have to start out by saying that this is really not my type of book!  I haven't rated it on Goodreads yet because I don't know how many stars to give it.  It's really well written and I don't want to rate it low just because it wasn't really my cup of tea.

I will say upfront that I don't like to voice my opinions on politics.  It's not because I don't care, more that I don't like to talk about a subject that I am basically ignorant of.  I don't keep up too much with current politics, I just don't like all the controversy that surrounds it so I kind of just keep my opinions to myself.  I am going to do that in the review too, it's really for the best!

This is not a book for everyone, especially staunch supporters of the current President.  You really have to go into this with a completely open mind in either case.  The writer does attempt to deflect some of the conflict by calling the President Barry Ob, but it's clear who the target is.

The premise is that there is a Presidents Club that is comprised of the spirits of all of the deceased former Presidents.  These spirits also have a group of helpers or advisers that include the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Betsy Ross and even those they refer to as friends of America like Winston Churchill, etc...  The aim of this Club is to ensure that the integrity of the country is preserved.  They send teams to "aid" the current Presidents in whatever situation they find themselves in.  In this book the author basically lays out all the perceived problems with the current administration.  Then the Presidents Club tells him how best to solve each crisis.  The ambassadors for this visit are Madison, Adams and Jefferson.

They split these "sessions" into 7 nights, that's the maximum time they can spend with him.  In this time they cover these things
  • The Foundations that the country is built upon (Rights, Documents, Slavery and Racism)
  • Domestic Issues (Education, Economy, Entitlements, Union, Environment, Immigration, Congress, Corruption and Taxes)
  • Foreign Relations (Defense, Islam, Foreign Aid and the United Nations)
  • Leadership
Throughout the course of these sessions Ob is sarcastic and at times in awe of the expanse of their knowledge about current event, but mostly sarcastic and sometimes downright rude.  They make it very clear to him from the beginning that they are only there to inform him and offer solutions, but in the end the decision is ultimately up to him.  Does he take their advise?   Read the book to find out!

Like I said, definitely not a book for everyone, but it's full of information and what appears to be a lot of decent advice.  I did enjoy the satire of the book and the imagination with which it is written.  If you like that kind of thing this you may enjoy this book.

*Disclaimer:  I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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