The Energy Caper, or Nixon in the Sky with Diamonds takes you on a merry romp with a band of twenty-something idealists looking for love and hoping to change the world in an alternate universe in which the Kennedys were not assassinated and the Vietnam War ended before it began. Joining in the fun are President Richard Nixon and Dr. Timothy Leary, the escaped convict Nixon calls "the most dangerous man in the world" for turning America's youth into no-good hippies.
Nixon is the same profane, venal S-O-B that made him such a hit in our universe, but here he is unleashed in a world where there was no Vietnam War to slow him down and Watergate is just a fancy hotel. Elected on a pledge to wage an unrelenting "war on drugs," Nixon instead confronts a different kind of war: an energy war. The Arab oil embargo is driving the country toward a second Great Depression as motorists line up for hours to buy gasoline at any price. Desperate for alternatives to oil, Nixon learns of a plant which produces three times more biomass per acre than corn. America could farm its way to energy independence in just five short years.
A secret weapon has dropped in Nixon's lap, but he is shocked to learn that, under another name, the secret weapon which could defeat the oil cartel is a primary target of his War on Drugs. If he can lead America to energy independence by convincing conservatives to legalize cultivation of the plant Thomas Jefferson called "America's most valuable crop" in the name of national security, the final spot on Mount Rushmore will be his. Nixon knows that only a law-and-order, hippie-bashing conservative like himself could hope to buck America's richest families and most powerful corporations to pull off a caper this crazy.
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Great fun--and informative
Jenny--because she's smart and has enough of a sense of adventure to get into being Susannah, the famous go-go dancer.
He does dialogue extremely well. His knowledge of the history of hemp and marijuana is impressive and he weaves it well into the story.
Miss Hattie. I'd love to hear more of the story of how she got the idea of investing in what Andrew Mellon did as well as how she knew what painters to pick.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Some scenes were laugh out loud. If only real life were like the plot. Seeing Nixon high on LSD would be more than amazing.
The plot and characters were fun and the information on the history of hemp in America was fascinating.
Fun and thoroughly creative look back at Nixon era
- Anthony A.