Review: Not Black and White

I choose my books the way I choose my wines, so it came as a surprise to me that I picked up Not Black And White : From The Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. (To be fair, I rarely “pick up” any books anymore that aren’t geared to toddlers, but I love my iPad.) The cover of this book simply doesn’t do the book any justice. And justice is something that Not Black and White needs in spades. The story is incredibly well written. And it offers a stunning take on the role Chicago politics may have played in getting our current President elected. So the book needs the spectacular justice of a great following. It also highlights the amount of justice needed in reducing corruption from politics. (Or does removing one bad apple simply create a vacuum for his successor? I try not to be cynical.)

I reviewed the book on Amazon, too, something I’m trying harder to accomplish, given how it really seems to help authors out. Since I like to read, I want more books written. Win-win.

The text from my Amazon review follows. Why did I augment it here? After additional thought, I thought it beneficial.

With the politics of the day dominating the news landscape, I admit, I’m sometimes hesitant to pick up political novels. NOT BLACK AND WHITE was a pleasant surprise to me and I found I didn’t want to put the book down. Extraordinarily well-written, the book tells a story of political corruption, blind ambition, and how the good old boy network really works. With a cast of characters so wildly outrageous and human yet so fantastically real, I couldn’t decide who to cheer for… or if anyone was worthy of a good ending. In the end, G.A. Beller weaves a very believable tale of the political machine at its worst and the cogs of justice hard at work, even if those cogs can be greased on occasion. I am left thankful that much of the corruption ended, though I still think there are more questions than answers to how politics really work and who is actually in control at any given time. Ultimately, it shows how humans are weak in the face of their passions – and how one or two determined individuals can change the course of history – for the better…or for the worse.

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