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Biographical Novel. Story of an ancestor of President George W. Bush. Recreates the dark days of 17th century England when a man could be drawn and quartered alive for no more innocuous offense than standing on a corner and preaching his views. When John Lathrop immersed himself in the battle against tyranny, a battle which had already claimed the lives of countless non-conformists before him, he had little reason to believe that his efforts would result in anything except increasing hardship and trauma for himself and his family. A respected gentleman, scholar, husband, and father of five sons and three daughters, Lathrop was compelled to ask the question: Should he take a stand for freedom of conscience, even if it may cost his life and reduce his family to the most wretched conditions? A recurrent theme throughout the story is that one must not be neutral or indifferent in the face of despotism or unabated power wielded by puppets in government, for neutrality is the great sympathizer and nurturer of evil. John Lathrop is not only the direct forefather of President George W. Bush, he is the direct forefather of three other presidents, other major political figures, university presidents, churchmen, inventors, etc. Appendices in the book give a genealogical listing of prominent descendants, other historical facts and data leading up to the founding of America. Exiled, The Story of John Lathrop is not just another story. An encyclical letter written by Leo XIII in the 19th Century stated that when a nation starts to fail, its people need to be reminded of the principles and values upon which it was founded. That is essential if that nation is to be saved at all. While America's youth are manifesting an unprecedented moral decline and an unequalled ignorance of the values which propelled their country to greatness, parents, educators, and patriots are desperately seeking ways to reverse these frightening trends. Exiled has the potential to put youth and people of all ages in touch with their roots and to awaken in them a consciousness of the important and noble principles that shaped the history of the founding of America. Exiled brings to life the intense drama that set the stage and framed American thought and history for generations.
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Born in Berkeley, California and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After years of historical research and dramatic writing, she produced this biography which was published as a novel. Its original version as a biographical manuscript was awarded first place by nationally selected judges in the biography division of the Original Writing Contest sponsored by the Utah Arts Council, the oldest arts council in the nation.Review:
"... one is reminded of the late Ayn Rand, the philosopher who made the novel her medium" -- West Coast Review of Books, Sept/Oct 1988
"...moves along absorbingly. The selected list in the appendix is a veritable 'Who's Who' of people of influence." -- Cape Cod Times, March 6, 1988
"of great interest" "descriptive and original" "compelling introduction into a remarkable life" "accomplished what it set out to do" -- Utah Arts Council judges, 1984
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Book Description Paramount Books, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0961602430