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War Anthem
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BOOK DETAILS

  • Paperback
  • Oct.20.2010
  • 9781452819389
  • Create Space

Keith Andrew gives an overview of the book:

The era of Black revolutionaries ended in the 1970’s right?  So thought Jason Diggs, successful political speechwriter, lawyer and activist in the rough and tumble world of local Washington, D.C. politics; but during an election that could lead to the city’s first white Mayor in a century, the city erupts in gentrification inspired violence and nothing will ever be the same again.  In War Anthem, we meet Jason Diggs, scion of a family of civic leaders and academics, who seems destined for local political leadership in his native Washington, D.C.  Handsome, refined and well educated, Jason Diggs has it all, popularity, job security, numerous romantic entanglements and political connections; but when his mother dies after a long illness, things are set in motion which illuminate a dangerous and mysterious underworld that threatens to destroy the city and all that...
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The era of Black revolutionaries ended in the 1970’s right?  So thought Jason Diggs, successful political speechwriter, lawyer and activist in the rough and tumble world of local Washington, D.C. politics; but during an election that could lead to the city’s first white Mayor in a century, the city erupts in gentrification inspired violence and nothing will ever be the same again. 

In War Anthem, we meet Jason Diggs, scion of a family of civic leaders and academics, who seems destined for local political leadership in his native Washington, D.C.  Handsome, refined and well educated, Jason Diggs has it all, popularity, job security, numerous romantic entanglements and political connections; but when his mother dies after a long illness, things are set in motion which illuminate a dangerous and mysterious underworld that threatens to destroy the city and all that Jason Diggs was working to achieve. As Jason learns his true destiny, in a replay of the city’s 1968 riots, the Nation’s Capitol begins to dissolve into disorder.  Jason is at the center of the storm and decisions that he makes could change the course of cities across America forever.  Through Jason’s eyes we get a glimpse into the murky world of D.C. politics and a look at the forces of change sweeping the cities of the United States as gentrification threatens to transform whole communities.

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Valor began preparing herself for the elements. I helped her into her nearly weightless trench coat, which she promptly buttoned to the top, wrapping her scarf snugly around her neck. Lastly and with great ceremony, she produced a yellow beret and positioned it rakishly on her head. Her shoulder length dreadlocks flowed bravely behind her like chocolate lightning bolts.

“Jason, you’re sweet for doing this. I’ll see you tonight and I hope you’re ready for me.” We kissed for several moments and I knew that the night would be memorable.

 I reached for the door.  It was more than slightly ajar; an oddity which I tried to ignore. As I walked Valor through the office and past the reception area, I felt fortunate for having avoided a potentially embarrassing encounter with Kelleye.

We said our goodbyes and Valor disappeared down the long marble corridor, her boots clicking in martial quarter notes.  I was somewhat disappointed in myself for lying to her so convincingly but it was a necessary betrayal.

Valor was still an outsider and no matter my personal sentiments I’d been taught to never collaborate with outsiders. No matter my feelings, no matter how beautiful or brilliant. It had been driven into me like the Lord’s Prayer: Extending our influence over the city requires sacrifice. In the long history of war, countless others have betrayed much more for far less a purpose.

 

 

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About Keith Andrew

Keith Andrew Perry was born on October 7, 1963 in Washington, D.C.  After brief stents in private schools, Perry matriculated in the D.C. Public schools, attending Randle Highland elementary School, Sousa Junior High and H.D. Woodson Senior High Schools from which he...

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