Christian Nation: A Novel by Frederic C. Rich

Christian Nation: A Novel

byFrederic C. Rich

Kobo ebook | July 1, 2013

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“They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do.”

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?"

Title:Christian Nation: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 1, 2013Publisher:W. W. Norton & CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393240347

ISBN - 13:9780393240344

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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