DARK HORSE Author:Fletcher Knebel What happens when a former truck driver of Irish and Polish descent is chosen to run for President by a national party's patrician kingmakers? He immediately discards their highly paid experts, assembles an informal energetic staff and makes some unconventional campaign promises: — A network of "precinct ambassadors" reporting directly to the Pre... more »sident, along with regular opportunities for ordinary citizens to speak personally with the Chief Executive.
An international treaty that would limit conscription to men over 50, so that the people who plan the wars also have to fight them.
A law requiring all prison guards and wardens to spend at least one month at a penal institution other than their own -- as anonymous prisoners.
A major reduction in income tax rates, coupled with the abolition of all deductions except a 30% "human depletion allowance" for all taxpayers.
And that's just the beginning. Every day he broke another political rule. The big money men promptly fled. Editorialists tut-tutted. True, he was coming up in the opinion polls, but he couldn't get elected. Or could he?
Fletcher Knebel's new novel offers a provocative answer.« less