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This timely short novel uses the Iran-contra affair as its point of departure to examine how the Constitution has influenced the United States and its citizens over the years. The central figure is Norman Starr, a West Point graduate and an Army officer whose cloak-and-dagger involvement with Nicaragua rebel activities is to be subjected to Senate investigation. In preparation for his defense, Starr and his lawyer examine Starr's family, attempting to prove the long tradition of patriotism, beginning with Jared Starr, who fought in the Revolutionary War and was involved in the preliminaries for drafting the Constitution. Other Starr family members argued the slavery question and fought for women's suffrage. Michener raises challenging questions in this book about our living Constitution. Essential. Literary Guild dual main selection. Joan Hinkemeyer, Englewood P.L., Col.
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ISBN-10:  0749319747
ISBN-13:  978-0749319748
Author:  James A. Michener
Publisher:  Mandarin
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review by . August 20, 2010
James A. Michener is a superb writer of history. After extensive research, he incorporates interesting and informative historical facts into a very readable work of fiction. His Hawaii and his Source are great examples. The first recalls the history of Hawaii and the second of Israel. This volume tells about eight fictional generations of American heroes, men and women, who helped mold the United States from its beginning until the time of the Iran Contra controversy.      A …
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