Chicago-style politics is front and center. When a sitting president has his roots in this sullied political heritage, it makes for news and leads to speculation.
Not Black and White is a fictional account of many of the events that led to the meteoric rise of a local charismatic street politician to become America's first African American president and the downfall and imprisonment of two consecutive governors of the state of Illinois, along with several of their most trusted advisors and cohorts.
This story puts the listener inside the campaign offices and smoke-filled back rooms where political deals are made. It depicts the rise and fall of a Syrian immigrant who made millions by pretending he had billions while charming his way into the highest halls of wealth and power. The perspective of a local attorney/businessman who found himself in a front-row seat to politics as usual in the City That Works is reflected throughout the story. The cast of characters may appear familiar to anyone who's ever read a headline or watched cable news and talk shows across the country.
In 1994, a freak traffic accident occurred, killing a family of six young children when their van burst into flames after being struck by a semi-trailer truck driven by a man unqualified to drive such a vehicle. The truck driver, a victim himself, had bribed an employee of the Illinois secretary of state's office in order to procure his commercial driver's license. The tragic accident and resulting exposé of corruption and scandal that followed changed forever the course of American history. Inspired by true events, Not Black and White leaves it to the listener to interpret fact from fiction.
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Not AT ALL Black and White
I wouldn't say one is better than the other, it just depends on preference of format. Either way the story is good.
It's a political thriller with references to some current political situations. I can't compare it to any other book I've personally read or listened to. I really enjoyed it and found it to be interesting, thought provoking and unique.
I have not listened to any of Adam Verner's other performances.
It's very much about political corruption which made me think AND shake my head in disgust.
A thrilling and intense story.
I love that from the very beginning it catches your attention and you get engrossed in it right away.
I'm not really sure there is a comparison. I can appreciate that the author took the time to make it different than most political type thirllers.
Yes! I was able to easily tune in and listen with out feeling like it was a robot reading to me.
Yes, closer to the beginning when he describes the big accident that happened and the children passing. It's heartbreaking anytime any type of violence occurs. But more so when someone passes because of it.
I have to be honest, I’m still getting used to the audio versions of books. It’s odd to me because I’ve been an avid reader all my life and never looked towards that option. Not even back in the day when they first started coming out on tapes and CD’s. Yes, it’s safe to say that I just let my age slip a little! But it’s interesting because I didn’t realize all the freedom that you have if you choose audible. It was easy for me to take my kindle with me when I was running errands and listen to the book as I drove instead of having the radio on. In some ways it’s better in my opinion.
This story is very interesting and gripping from the start. It doesn’t matter where we are as far as political races, a good book on the theme is always a sure hit. Right away you’re hit with the realities of what politics can do to anybody, anywhere. I don’t remember much about the chaos that ensued during that time the author talks about. However I’m familiar with so many other chaotic points in political history and so it doesn’t surprise me that there is constant inspiration for authors.
I found it intriguing the amount of detail there was about the officials throughout the city and state. I mean you constantly hear of conspiracy theories or actual news stories that happen. But this made it so much more than that! I don’t want to say “real” because that’s not the correct terminology I’d use. I’d say that it was more believable than not. Too many times politics become corrupted and people take the shady deals in hopes of boosting themselves. With the state being at a “low” during the time they talked about, how the heck did more people not point the stuff out?
It’s a great story that is thrilling and catching. It makes me want to read and/or listen to more books like this. It’s very thought provoking and a fascinating view on what goes on behind politically closed doors. Especially when it’s a state where an official was later elected into the biggest seat of all. It really makes you think about what was true and what wasn’t. Like the title, it’s not black or white. There’s for sure a lot of grey and I appreciated that! Awesome story!
- Shani K.