Journalists Reimagine the Presidential Election of 2012 in a Novel with a Startling Twist

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Giving a political slant to magical realism, Matthew Lysiak and Bridget Reddan explore the current election with one impossible, fantastical element: a young, vibrant Ronald W. Reagan among the candidates vying for the Republican nomination.

The Choice: Ronald Reagan Versus Barack Obama and the Campaign of 2012

'The Choice' doesn't create a new Ronald Reagan for 2012: it actually takes the living breathing Ronald Reagan from 1980, and projects his candidacy today by using only Reagan's actual words - as well as the words of Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama.

In all ways but one, "The Choice: Ronald Reagan Versus Barack Obama and the Campaign of 2012" is true to facts. A collaboration between journalists Matthew Lysiak and Bridget Reddan, this new novel is set in 2012, with a campaign for the presidency under way as the primaries begin. The current situation of our country is accurately described: President Barack Obama, ending his first term, has federalized health care, increased government spending, and grown the national debt to $15 trillion.

Even the candidates’ words, including President Obama’s, are quoted almost verbatim. But in this parallel world, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in 1944 rather than 1911, and although he lost the 2008 Republican Primary to Senator John McCain, he’s back to take on all the other players in 2012 with a message of tax cuts, deregulation, and peace through strength.

With the election looming, the American people have never faced a more important decision. Will they stay the course with a President who believes an unregulated free market is at the core of the nation's problems? That government must be utilized to shrink the income disparity between rich and poor and level the playing field for the middle class? Or will they choose a candidate who believes that high taxes and too many regulations have stifled business? That government isn't the solution to our problems, rather the problem itself?

“My decision to write 'The Choice' was borne out of frustration with today's crop of politicians,” says Lysiak. “As a fiscal conservative and a social liberal heading into the most pivotal election of my lifetime, the current field of Republican hopefuls couldn't look more pathetic compared to President Barack Obama. The idea of inserting President Ronald Reagan into today's political landscape to face off against Obama - the two ideological heavyweights of the modern era head to head - and attempting to project who is left standing in November, was just too good to resist.”

Explaining his unique combination of fact and fiction, Lysiak says, “'The Choice' is unlike any book on the market. 'The Choice' doesn't create a new Ronald Reagan for 2012: it actually takes the living breathing Ronald Reagan from 1980, and projects his candidacy today by using only Reagan's actual words - as well as the words of Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama.”

Reagan in the running changes everything. Can he defeat the heavily favored Mitt Romney? If he does, will he stand a chance against President Barack Obama? Readers of either party may enjoy this volume as a compilation of political rhetoric as it answers the question “What would Reagan do?”

"The Choice: Ronald Reagan Versus Barack Obama and the Campaign of 2012" is published by Gadfly Publishing, and in eBook format by eBookIt.com, and will soon be available from popular online retailers, including Amazon.com, BN.com, and Apple’s iBookstore (ebook).

About Matthew Lysiak
Matthew Lysiak is a New York based writer who has appeared as a contributor on the Today Show, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. Matthew is currently a staff reporter for the New York Daily News.

About Bridget Reddan
Bridget Reddan is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Daily News. Bridget lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

About eBookIt.com
Since 2010, eBookIt.com (based in Sudbury, Massachusetts) has helped thousands of authors and publishers get their books converted to ebook format, and distributed to all the major ebook retailers, including Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Sony Readerstore, Ingram Digital, and Google eBookstore.

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