Christian Nation: A Novel by Frederic C RichChristian Nation: A Novel by Frederic C Rich

Christian Nation: A Novel

byFrederic C Rich

Hardcover | July 2, 2013

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So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America’s Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a "Christian Nation" and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said.

In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web." Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: "What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?"

Frederic C. Rich, an eminent international corporate lawyer and environmental leader, is the author of the dystopian political novel Christian Nation. He lives in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley of New York.
Title:Christian Nation: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.2 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393240118

ISBN - 13:9780393240115

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Implausible but well written and never boring I have wanted to read this book for a while now and I am so glad I finally ordered it, It delves into an alternate history where Obama loses in 2008 and Sarah Palin becomes president after McCain dies. It is told through the eyes of a former lawyer named Gregg in a fictional memoir--an interesting device through which to tell the story. Ultimately it gives readers a look at what would happen if the Christian Right got its way. Death penalty for homosexuality and such. The characters are well written, the dystopia society frightening and the trajectory never boring. Only one problem. For a dystopian thriller to be perfect the future must be plausible this isn't. The Christian right while annoying is largely a laughing stock. Indeed these days Christians are more often than not the persecuted not the persecutors. It was still a fun read, though. Recommended
Date published: 2018-02-19

Editorial Reviews

The scariest thing about Christian Nation is that it’s so plausible. No violent revolution, no blood in the streets, is necessary for Americans to lose their freedoms—just a failure to defend the liberties that we often take for granted. — the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director, Americans United for Separation of Church and StateThis riveting novel should join Sinclair Lewis’s It Can Happen Here as an American classic…Please, read this book and then pass it on to six other people, making it into a chain letter for liberty. — Nadine Strossen, former president, American Civil Liberties UnionChristian Nation is a new novel from lawyer Fred Rich that wonders what would happen if the Republican ticket won in 2008. But Rich goes even further than that, plotting a would-be Palin presidency after McCain passes away in the novel. And although it’s fiction, Rich is dead serious about what a Palin presidency would mean for the country. As the title suggest, Rich is concerned about how religious extremists on the right could upend society. — Patrick Gavin (Politico)Frederic C. Rich’s gripping novel Christian Nation straddles the line between speculative fiction and passionate indictment of today’s Christian Right. — Robert Burke Warren (Hudson Valley Chronogram)