8Books Overview: The Final Election by Andrew Yang | 8Asians4 min read

I met the previous presidential candidate and founder/co-chair of the Ahead Celebration again in July at a political occasion, and one of many first issues he did was hand me this guide, The Final Election – a political thriller he co-wrote with author Stephen Marche, based mostly on lots of learnings of his run for president. I used to be like, “WTF is that this?” Andrew explains his reasoning on his weblog put up again in March (which I clearly had not observed):

“Final yr, I interviewed the Atlantic columnist and writer Stephen Marche on his non-fiction guide, “The Subsequent Civil Struggle.”  It was a sobering dialog; I discovered that Stephen and I shared most of the identical considerations about American democracy and society coming aside as establishments battle. 
A number of months later, Stephen and I had been discussing methods to work collectively. How might we get out extra of those concepts to the general public?  We agreed that tales are the most effective and strongest means for folks to grasp one thing.  We might inform a narrative that everybody would get and will entry. 
Thus was born “The Final Election,” a novel starring Mikey Ricci, the marketing campaign supervisor of an rebel third-party presidential candidate and Martha Kass, a journalist who will get a maintain of some materials that might decide the way forward for American democracy. The story proceeds from the launch of the fledgling new marketing campaign for fourteen months via Election Day and the swearing in of a brand new – or is it the outdated? – administration. 
I’ve written a number of issues, however I’m no novelist. Stephen, fortunately, has produced each fiction and non-fiction and had a bunch of analysis from “The Subsequent Civil Struggle,” that seems in “The Final Election.”  We additionally had my marketing campaign supervisor Zach meet with Stephen to present him nitty-gritty particulars and tales from what it’s really like on the path.  I’m pleased with the end result and might’t wait to share it with you and the world. Hopefully it can each entertain and put together you.”

I’ve not learn fiction since school, so I although, “rattling, I’m going to need to learn and overview this.” However The Final Election was a simple and gratifying learn. This novel is NOT based mostly on Andrew Yang’s his presidential marketing campaign run, however there are undoubtedly sure parts of the marketing campaign which might be echos of the marketing campaign. I requested if the third occasion candidate, Cooper Sherman, was modeled after himself – and he had mentioned no – extra of a mixture between Mark Cuban and Dan Gilbert (and perhaps a bit of of himself).

If you happen to get pleasure from following politics and studying a bit of bit extra concerning the behind the scenes of a presidential marketing campaign, you’ll benefit from the guide. The Final Election is a political thriller within the spirit of the movie The Manchurain Candidate (2004 remake) and the TV collection Designated Survivor. To be trustworthy, I couldn’t get previous the third or fourth episode of the primary season of Designated Survivor as a result of I believed the conspiracy nature of the collection was simply too excessive.

The Final Election virtually goes into conspiracy principle territory. If you assume, nevertheless, about what occurred on January sixth assault on the Capitol and Trump’s efforts with the pretend electors in addition to the Gore vs. Bush 2000 election determined by the Supreme Courtroom and throw within the Oklahoma Metropolis bombing, Joe Rogan and Alex Jones, you understand that we’re not too many steps away from what might occur. The culination of what has occurred politically and societally the previous 40 years may lead as much as The Final Election, or what I’ve typically commented after I put up political information on Fb bordering on the loopy, “Not from The Onion …

So for those who’re into studying fiction, into politics, and on the lookout for one thing entertaining to learn, don’t miss The Final Election.

About John

I am a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to school in upstate New York, labored in Connecticut, went to grad faculty in North Carolina after which moved out to the Bay Space in 1999 and have been residing right here ever since – love the climate and virtually all the pieces concerning the space (besides the excessive price of housing…)

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