Title: FAKE NEWS: Strange historical facts reimagined in the world of Donald Trump
Author: David Hutter
This short book focuses on a variety of real-life historical facts and reimagines them as taking place during the presidency of Donald Trump.
Zany, abrupt, imaginative, and indulgent, the novella depicts Trump as a self-absorbed leader of the free world who still manages to get things done despite his capriciousness and the bickering of his staff.
The president and his advisors travel the globe addressing problems that range from Trump’s being fined over his golf course in Scotland to the crisis with North Korea, and each section ends with a short recounting of the historical event that inspired the narrative.
The events feature Caligula and the Roman Empire, the French Revolution, General Santa Anna of Mexico, Queen Victoria, and the creation of the Conch Republic, among others, providing 22 nonfiction snippets that provide variety and believability to a tale that otherwise would be staggeringly implausible.
Due to the short nature of the work, the internecine struggles of Trump’s staff are narrowed down to just those between Steven Mnuchin, the Secretary of Treasury, and Kellanne Conway, the Counselor to the President, but the tale has a fairly broad scope all the same, showing Trump interacting with Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
For the sake of the satire, the President of South Korea is a fictional Kim Jung-Pyo, but the others are real world leaders, though whether they act in character in this story or not is left up to the reader to decide.
However, for a work that shows the dangers of listening to only one voice and trusting them implicitly, one could wish for a greater variety of sources being featured in the nonfiction passages. Historians tend to prefer many facts and accounts to establish the nature of an event, and it felt like greater weight would be added to the recounting and to the whole structure of the novella if credibility was established more firmly in those sections.
While primarily centered on the politics and events in the United States, the satire avoids being a polemic against President Trump and includes Theresa May and even the Scottish Parliament in its irreverent examination of the nature of politics. The language is, at times, crude and explicit, though, and it is definitely meant to be read by adults.
The book’s focus seems to be satire, serving either as a warning of what could happen, as said events have happened before, or to suggest that, despite the excesses of President Trump, things could be far worse. Again, the narration makes no claim to represent reality, so readers are left to interpret the story as a revelation or whimsical revel, as they choose.
Creative and educational, this work will appeal to those who don’t take politics too seriously and who enjoy a flight of fancy with just a pinch of realism and historical facts to make it plausible.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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