Description : Abraham Lincoln warned that "the approach of danger" to our Republic would come from within, that we would be the "authors of our own destruction". Lincoln was confident that "all the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years." The stability of our representative democracy is taken for granted by most Americans. And yet, a careful study of history suggests that economic, social, and political forces at work in contemporary America and the world at large represent significant internal and external threats to the greatest republic in human history. The first two volumes of this fictional trilogy were concerned with internal issues. Alexander the Great, 63rd President of the United States depicts events Lincoln assured us could never happen. But the book also celebrates the resiliency of the American spirit and ends with the promise of restoration of the American Republic.
Description : Dominique Cantrell, First Citizen of America is the second of three general/science fiction novels concerned with the future of American society. The stability of our representative democracy is taken for granted by most Americans. And yet, a careful study of history suggests that economic, social, and political forces at work in contemporary America represent an internal threat to the survival of the greatest democratic republic in human history. The novels comprising this trilogy are concerned with these forces and serve as cautionary tales. The Certification of America, Volume I in the series, suggested that the historically unprecedented polarization of wealth that is happening in the United States today could progress to class warfare and the establishment of a plutocracy. Dominique Cantrell, First Citizen of America raises the even more disturbing possibility that our treasured liberty could be lost to dictatorship and tyranny. Lincoln warned that if the American Republic is destroyed, we the people will be responsible. Reform is possible. Steps could be taken to prevent the events described in these novels from happening. As Nevil Shute suggested in On the Beach, an apocalyptic story about nuclear holocaust, there is still time.
Description : At a campaign stop when he was running for president, Ulysses S. Grant asked to stop by the grave of his friend and fellow West Point cadet, Alexander Hays, who had fallen at the Battle of the Wilderness. Newsmen reported that Grant openly wept at the graveside. After having played a pivotal role commanding the forces that turned back Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, and having exposed himself on other open battlefields, the dense Wilderness was not the place to have expected Hays to fall. At Gettysburg, it was later written: "We cannot summarize here what Hays' Division did on the third day when the final blow, embodied in Pickett's and Pettigrew's charge, fell directly upon their front. When the fight ended that afternoon fifteen colors and over two thousand prisoners fell into their hands. Magnificently were they led by their division commander [Hays]." On hearing of his death in battle, Grant quietly remarked as he sat beneath a tree, "He was a man who would never follow, but would always lead in battle." Here is the definitive biography of Major General Alexander Hays, from childhood to West Point to the Mexican War and on to the American Civil War. Every memoir of the American Civil War provides us with another view of the catastrophe that changed the country forever. For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones. Be sure to LOOK INSIDE by clicking the cover above or download a sample.
Description : This book traces the course of the constitutional controversy over the spending power and the role of that power in driving an expansion in federal activity and authority from 1787 forward. Since the founding of the Republic, American statesmen have seen the federal government as a fitting source of tax dollars to finance national improvement and growth, but for decades the consatuation authority for this funding was the subject of fierce and bitter controversy. Some, like Alexander Hamilton, read the Constitution as granting authority to Congress to spend for these purposes. Other, like James Madison, together with Thomas Jefferson, believed that a constitutional amendment was necessary to confer it. The true scope of the constitutional authority given to Congress to lay taxes to provide for the "general welfare of the United States" was a prominent political and legal issue until the Civil War and was not resolved by the Supreme Court until the 1930s.