As I finished the last page of this book the one thought that came into my head was "and the beat goes on". Politics is a profession that has always been shall we say, rather dirty. I for one never quite believe what any politician says and am pleasantly surprised when they actually follow through with even one of their campaign promises. This is a fictional story which is unfortunately based on truth. It takes place in the 70's which was a politically charged era, the Vietnam War, Hippies, Drugs--the world was changing and the "Old Guard" weren't too pleased. It was also the time of Nixon and under handed schemes to get elected or re elected and to try to hood wink the populace into believing whatever the politicians wanted them to believe.
This novel takes place in a small town which is corrupt and about to go belly up! One of the ancient party leaders decides that a young man would be great for the job and with some "help" win the Mayorial race from the opposing political party. He does win, but that is where the trouble begins--the back stabbing, the lies, the character assassinations--you know, politics as usual. How this young man, Collier Winthrop, overcomes all of these obstacles and begins to actually help the city will amaze you. But---you will have to read the last sentence in the book to know why "and the beat goes on" resonated straight through to my soul.
I am definitely glad I read this book even if it did make me remember what used to happen back then and what still happens now.
About the Book: (from Amazon)
History repeats itself. Take a ride back memory lane to the 1970's. Deceit, revenge, militaristic police, affected legal system and gay tragedy. The end of the Hoover era, amidst the death throes of the Nixon debacle. The author has captured an era, depicting a battle for the soul of the Republic, at the local level.
Young, handsome, charming Collier Winthrop is enticed by a crusty old Political Boss, Al Caso, to seek Public Office. Collie soon faces an unscrupulous adversary practiced in deceit; manipulated state investigative agencies and a contaminated police department. Events unfold that uncover a sordid police mentality, unveil the civil rights of the Flower Children violated, ruin reputations and threaten the very lives of Collie's confederates.
How can Collie unravel plots unseen and unimaginable, to survive even the earliest months of his political enterprise. The work portrays the depth and conflict of personalities. Politics is a business of expediency. Otherwise decent people justify immoral behavior in defense of careers.
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
Mr. Repp is no stranger to politics, with nearly 50 years of Political/Government Operations, Mr. Repp has taken that experience and is now sharing with his readers. He was first elected to chair a political party at the age of 24 and serve for 20 years. He was the County Supervisor of Elections, Upstate NY Town Manager, Long Island, NY Village Manager of Fire Island and City Economic Development Manager in Florida. Mr. Repp holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has taught school on the middle school level.
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