New Novel ‘It’s All Straw’ Offers Suggestions to Improve US Politics

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Richard R. Sooley foresees the collapse of the US and encourages Readers to avoid dystopia.

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It’s often said that politics and religion should not be discussed in polite company. Author Richard R. Sooley offers readers an excuse to explore these otherwise taboo topics under the guise of fiction in his new book, “It’s All Straw” (published by Trafford Publishing).

“It’s All Straw” proposes unique modifications to the political structure of the United States using expressive, humorous dialogue. Sooley uses his characters to point out defects and offer revolutionary, “outside-the-box” proposals to transform the nation’s current political climate.

“No matter how bad things appear, we should always strive for utopia,” Sooley explains. “Although perfection is divine, it does not mean we should not be trying to attain it during our temporal existence.”

Like Rip Van Winkle, the protagonist, Daniel, returns – out of retirement, not sleep – to a completely modified society and has difficulty comprehending the changes. Unlike Rip Van Winkle, who found an improved new order, Daniel finds a society which has degenerated into a dystopia – a depraved new world.

“Unlike ‘Brave New World,’ ‘1984’ or ‘Animal Farm,’ my book has proposals to avoid and prevent degeneration into political dystopia,” Sooley writes. “It has a pleasant ending showing hope for salvation.”

An excerpt from “It’s All Straw”:

“‘Our Constitution is not a sacred document but like the many documents that precede it—a great but imperfect document, written by humans, albeit near demigods. A document, which needs change to correct its faults and meet the requirements of subsequent generations—and remember, all change may not be necessarily good. We must be judicious when we do make changes. An example of an unwise change is the Sixteenth Amendment…’”

“It’s All Straw”
By Richard R. Sooley
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 264 pages | ISBN 9781490718286
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 264 pages | ISBN 9781490718293
E-Book | 264 pages | ISBN 9781490718309
Available at, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Richard R. Sooley was born in Milford, Mass. He served overseas during World War II in the United States Army Air Force. He was recalled during the Korean War and served as a crewmember on a B-36 bomber. He received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from Northeastern University. He has taught in various capacities since his retirement in 1991.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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