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By Mario Puzo
A PRESIDENTIAL DYNASTY. AN ARAB TERRORIST assault. DEMOCRACY less than SIEGE. Mario Puzo predicted all of it in his eerily prescient 1991 novel, The Fourth K.
President Francis Xavier Kennedy is elected to place of work, largely, because of the legacy of his forebears–good appears to be like, privilege, wealth–and is the very embodiment of younger optimism. Too quickly, notwithstanding, he's overwhelmed down by means of the political strategy and, disabused of his beliefs, he turns into a pace-setter absolutely not like what he has been before.
When his daughter turns into a pawn in a brutal terrorist plot, Kennedy, who has obsessively stored alive the reminiscence of his uncles’ assassinations, prompts all his energy to retaliate in a sequence of violent measures. because the explosive occasions spread, the area and people closest to him glance on with either awe and horror.
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