American politics examined in new novel

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William J. C. Amend, Jr. exposes people who are ‘Pretenders to the Throne’

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His personal frustrations towards the elected officers who sit in Washington has prompted author William J. C. Amend, Jr. to weave a story of grit. “Pretenders to the Throne” (published by Xlibris) traces the history of the founding fathers of America and their modern descendants whom Amend thinks of as people “who can be better.”

The Presidency of the United States has often been held by a handful of families - the Adamses and Roosevelts among others. By this, it might seem that Americans have subconsciously long wished for a king. This novel develops the notion that this country has always had one but has not known it yet.

In 2018, cataclysmic problems threaten America. At this juncture, a clandestine society formed by Federalists in 1795 (known as PATRI) realizes that desperate measures are needed. It allies itself with European royalists to elect a third party president. The tumultuous outcome proves more than Americans had bargained for.

Historic and futuristic combined, this fictional examination of the transition of power from the original founding families and their descendants shows what Amend wants readers to see. According to him, “Our elected officials seem paralyzed and ineffective.” Thus, through his book, “Pretenders to the Throne,” he sparks hope that “a king might be better” if only the people will realize and elect the deserving one.

“Pretenders to the Throne”
By William J. C. Amend, Jr.
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 452 pages | ISBN 9781499053609
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 452 pages | ISBN 9781499053593
E-Book | 452 pages | ISBN 9781499053586
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Born and raised in Wilmington, Del., William Amend was steeped in colonial American history. Childhood jaunts to nearby Philadelphia and Washington D.C. fanned his interests in the early 'American experiment' and how the political system continues to play out. He and his wife attended Wilmington Friends School founded in 1748. Amherst College provided a stimulating liberal arts education. Thereafter, he graduated from Cornell Medical College. After a 33-year academic medical career in San Francisco, Amend has returned to his roots with this fictional work. In retirement, he and his wife, Connie, enjoy visiting their four children and their families.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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