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Overview What if America could start all over again? What if one region or state could set a new course? Author A. Dean Buchanan selects a futuristic Alaska as the only viable choice in which to start 'A New Nation.' Alaskans have long been abused by, and addicted to, the federal government. After reasons for secession develop, the state declares independence, reverting to the path set by the Founding Fathers. You'll be caught up in each page-turning event as the characters involved form their own nation, working through difficulties and trauma.
Publishers Description What if America could start all over again? What if one region or state could set a new course? Author A. Dean Buchanan selects a futuristic Alaska as the only viable choice in which to start A New Nation. Alaskans have long been abused by, and addicted to, the federal government. After reasons for secession develop, the state declares independence, reverting to the path set by the Founding Fathers. You?ll be caught up in each page-turning event as the characters involved form their own nation, working through difficulties and trauma. The American government's response to secession provides many harrowing moments. Yet Alaska is successful and serves as a model, a paradigm, for the USA and Western Europe to return to its roots and cast off false values. The reader meets several American families in the Southwest caught up in the entanglement of political correctness and harassment over their values resulting in their flight to the new nation to start new lives.
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Studio: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.86" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher TATE PUBLISHING #1273
ISBN 1598862634 ISBN13 9781598862638
Availability 0 units.
More About A. Dean Buchanan
A. Dean Buchanan lives in Santa Maria, CA, with his family. A graduate of the University of California, Dean Buchanan, a CPA, is now retired from an active professional life. He served as business manager for the Lutheran Church's mission field in Tanzania, East Africa, for four years. He was then appointed vice president for financial affairs at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, a position he held for eleven years; he then assumed the same position at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, for fifteen years. Following early retirement, he served as a consultant to over one hundred private colleges and universities throughout the United States. In the course of his professional life, he has also had several articles published in the field of higher education finance and has written for Reminisce magazine.
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Leave Alaska Out of Your Politics Aug 29, 2007
Novelists have to be the most well-adjusted people on the planet. Who else can shape the world to fit their wants, needs or desires? Who else can take an intolerable (to him or her) situation and right it without doing something immoral, unethical or illegal? With this power, writers don't have to grin and bear a rotten world--they can make a new one in their own image, however different or twisted that image might be. For some reason, politics seems to inspire a lot of novelistic wishful thinking. From the time humans put their speech and language to paper, would-be philosophers and king-makers have used those words to fantasize different worlds, to show others their view of the "perfect" society. Many of our greatest novels are at their very core political treatises: Miguel Cervantes "Don Quixote;" Voltaire's "Candide;" just about everything William Shakespeare wrote. But what makes these novels great reading isn't their political message. It's the writing, the stories, the characters within. These authors wrote captivating stories peopled with fascinating characters, stories that begged re-reading for the sheer joy of it. The political messages contained within were absorbed almost unconsciously. A. Dean Buchanan, a former CPA from Santa Maria, Calif., strives to attain such an achievement with his first novel, "A New Nation." Set mostly in Alaska, Buchanan strives to create his perfect world--a world in which sin, intolerance and "addiction to the federal government" don't exist. "What if America could start all over again?" the back cover teases. "What if one region or state could set a new course?" Set in the year 2010, Buchanan imagines a world where political correctness, multi-nationality and tolerance have run amok--the United Nations holds global influence and control, schools have become less stations of learning and more chambers of indoctrination. Parents who choose to keep their children sheltered from such vulgarities by home-schooling are assailed from all sides, finding themselves constantly challenged to immerse their children in the "culturally neutral universal curriculum." Godlessness, secularism and idolatry rule the world. In those nations where religion holds sway, it is the "wrong" religion. A small group of families in Southern California, alarmed at the impending end of the world, and angry that they have been ordered by the court system-"fascist brutes," in their eyes--to discontinue home-schooling, decide they've had enough. They pack up and move to Alaska. Eventually, the state secedes from the Union and becomes its own little country, taking things back to the way God intended them to be. It's an interesting scenario, and I was intrigued. Very few of us can say we don't feel a bit alarmed at the direction in which we are headed. Violence and poverty are constant companions to a majority of the world. Disease and hunger still carry off far too many souls in what is supposed to be an enlightened age. Fanatics hold sway--and bombs--throughout the world, and it's hard to see where any of us went wrong, so we don't know how to fix it. You can't begrudge a man the desire to ask, "What if?" Buchanan begins by explaining his reason for writing the book in the Prologue: "The idea for this novel stems from the author's deep concern over the direction that the American nation has been taking, away from its traditional, moral and historical foundations, morphing into a new multicultural, secular and global oriented state." So he strives to create--at least on paper--a nation that remembers where it comes from and what its moral compass is. As I said, you can't begrudge a man's wishful thinking. And everyone, especially in the United States, is entitled to his or her opinion. Even if we don't agree with it, we are obligated to allow that opinion to be held and aired. It's called "free speech," and it's written into our constitution. And our blood. But as readers, we are also entitled to a story that compels our attention and engages our emotions, and unfortunately, Buchanan doesn't give us that. His characters, far from being interesting and engaging, are stereotypical, one-dimensional caricatures of human beings. The author states: "While all of the characters in this story are fictional, most are based on real people." But he forgot that real people are a mélange of feelings and emotions and characteristics. No one is strictly his or her political or moral beliefs. Yet Buchanan's characters are just that. And, as befits flat characters, the dialogue is stilted and unrealistic.
Now, reviewers are human, subject to strongly held opinions and beliefs, just as novelists are. What a reviewer must do is separate the review from the underlying value system. And yes, it's as difficult as it sounds. We focus on the story, the character, the writing--showing the reader how the story works within the context of the value system that is every story's foundation. That's hard to do here, because there's so much lecture and so little story. Page after page of exposition--telling the reader the state of the world, rather than illustrating it. Banging away at a reader with a sledgehammer is not, in my experience, the best way to bring him over to your side of the aisle. But all of the above is forgivable, because, after all, novels are merely one person's way of reshaping the world, one person's attempt to answer the questions we all ask many times in our life: What happens if I open that door instead of this one? What are the consequences down the line if I make that decision? How would I personally--or we as a society--handle this situation, this event, this disaster? Is there hope for any of us? What I really disliked about Buchanan's book is his hubris: A native Californian, he uses Alaska, a state that inspires great pride of residence in her population, as a mere prop to his polemic. He chose it, he writes, because "Alaska seemed to be the only state that met basic criteria for success (as a rebel). It has tremendous resources, size, a strategic location, and rugged individualists who are antagonistic to world government." Anyone here see people in that statement? Yourselves? I thought not. Buchanan chooses to place his clichéd characters into a state that he sees in a clichéd way. He chooses Alaska not because it is Alaska, but because it has resources and space. And forget anyone who might have already been there, living their "rugged individual" lives. If you're not for them, you must be against them.
Sounds like "déjà vu all over again," a phrase Buchanan uses too often in his exposition.
I can't claim to have been here long enough to "know" Alaskans--and I'm committed to living here. Buchanan has "traveled" and has done some research. He thanks a few Alaskans who served as "consultants" to the novel. I don't get the sense he spent much time living among Alaskans, living in the Bush where politics takes a back seat to survival. I don't get the sense he "gets" the reason for a small population: that this state has one of the most unforgiving climates on the planet, and it takes hard work and fortitude to survive. And I don't get the sense of connection that has been at the core of every Alaskan I have met: connection to the land--not just as a resource bank--connection to people, connection to life. And like any human being, I resent being used to prove a point. No matter what that point is.