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A classic and hugely entertaining political novel, the cat-and-mouse story of urban intrigue in Seattle both in 1962, when Seattle hosted the World's Fair, and in 2001, after its transformation in the Microsoft gold rush.

Larger than life, Roger Morgan was the mastermind behind the fair that made the city famous and is still a backstage power forty years later, when at the age of seventy he runs for mayor in hopes of restoring all of Seattle's former glory. Helen Gulanos, a reporter every bit as eager to make her mark, sees her assignment to investigate the events of 1962 become front-page news with Morgan's candidacy, and resolves to find out who he really is and where his power comes from: in 1962, a brash and excitable young promoter, greeting everyone from Elvis Presley to Lyndon Johnson, smooth-talking himself out of difficult situations, dipping in and out of secret card games; now, a beloved public figure with, it turns out, still-plentiful secrets. Wonderfully interwoven into this tale of the city of dreams are backroom deals, idealism and pragmatism, the best and worst ambitions, and all the aspirations that shape our communities and our lives.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2012: Told through dual timelines--the 1962 World’s Fair and a 2001 mayoral election--this is the story of a man and his city thinking big, striving for greatness … and making mistakes. Civic cheerleader Roger Morgan had been the driving force behind the construction of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. Thirty-nine years later, Morgan, now 70, decides on a whim to run for mayor, which brings him face to face with a curious and tenacious reporter--and his own murky past. Author Jim Lynch is a former newspaper reporter who deftly captures the complicated relationship between an ambitious journalist and an ambitious public official, each of them flawed and haunted by the ghosts of past mistakes. --Neal Thompson

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JIM LYNCH has received the H. L. Mencken Award and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists, among other national honors. His most recent novel, Border Songs, won the Washington State Book Award and is currently being adapted for television.

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Book Description Vintage, 2013. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "This serious but charming rather old-fashioned sort of book about complicated folks in the midst of life''s struggles is just big enough to embrace a number of important themes and topics - the making of the fair, the rise and fall of big city journalism, local politics, the details of history - and just small enough to make all of this quite intimate and engaging." -Alan Cheuse, NPR "A tremendously entertaining yet serious political novel As with any fine work of art, it's hard to divine just why this novel works so well. And, as with such art, there's a lot more going on than appears on the surface. I dislike terms like 'instant classic' but this comes awfully close." -Richard Sherbaniuk, The Edmonton Journal "Propulsive The poetic intensity of Lynch's descriptions perfectly balances the restless, relentless pace of a novel that never loosens its grip." -Anna Lundow, The Christian Science Monitor "A beautifully crafted, fictional remembrance of the Seattle World''s Fair and a cleverly plotted tale of the very public death of one man''s political ambitions.Lynch is a sparkling host, rendering history in glorious technicolor and the recent past in absolute and black-and-white moral tones." -Nick March, The National [U.K.] "Alternating between the two periods, Jim Lynch's novel is a brilliantly disturbing dissection of political morality, where right and wrong are, like Seattle itself, blurred in a grey mist." -John Harding, Daily Mail [U.K.] "A swirling portrait of a place, like many a Western city, that's equal parts hucksterism, genuine civilizational hope, profiteering racket and progressive mecca, Truth Like the Sun deserves attention and will reward reflection." -M. Allen Cunningham, The Oregonian "This brisk, bustling and good-humored work [is] taut and accomplished. . . clever and propulsive." -Jenny Shank, The Dallas Morning News "A story of civic pride, political intrigue and journalistic tenacity. . . Any reader interested in the relationship between any town and its most enthusiastic participants will respond to this engaging story." -Ron Charles, The Washington Post "A consummate stylist.The obvious cultural touch point for Lynch's novel is Citizen Kane , [and] readers are confronted with the American obsession with ambition is all its tarnished glory." Christian House, The Independent [U.K.] "Addictive.Told in chapters that alternate between two eras, its prose reflects the two moods: 1962 sparkles like an old-time midway, crammed with celebrity cameos, souvenir Champagne glasses and fast-talking men in hats; 2001 feels reflective and a little world-weary, a city once bitten and now twice shy." -Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times "Enveloping and propulsive.Lynch''s twosome, a 30-ish newspaper reporter and the much older bon vivant who is known unofficially as "Mr. Seattle" are such fine creations that they can''t be reduced thumbnail descriptions.There is much marveling to be done as Truth Like the Sun unfolds. Lynch captures the excitement of a fair that proudly showed off the world of tomorrow but inadvertently revealed more than it should have." -Janet Maslin, The New York Times "A briskly paced novel that gives us an insider's view into both the politics of culture and the culture of politics." - Kirkus "Often funny and sometimes devastating but always to the point, Truth Like the Sun reflects back on the 1962 World's Fair that put Seattle on the map. With the keen eye of the journalist he was and the nimbleness of the novelist he has become, Jim Lynch provides a thought-provoking fictional portrait of a city on the make and its somewhat tarnished tribe of civic strivers." -Ivan Doig "This book is one of a kind, and a great story. At a time when Seattle is celebrating the anniversary of the World's Fair, Lynch's novel is a bracing reminder of the larger context: an uncertain city hoping to make a mark in mid-century, and then figuring. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0307949346

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