The comedian Kathy Griffin is still recovering from the outcry that followed her posing with the fake decapitated head of the president. Perhaps wary of a backlash, 10 American publishers rejected Mr. Geller said. His intention, he stressed, was to raise the thorny moral questions facing senior administration officials when the top guy in the White House appears to be recklessly lurching toward global destruction.
As alarm grows that the president, both the real one and the fictional one, may grab for the nuclear football in a moment of pique, the book grapples with the constitutional options available to unseat a president. The moral conundrum of the book is expressed by its heroine, Maggie Costello, a legal counsel and liberal do-gooder from the previous administration, who discovers the assassination plot, and tries to piece the clues together to stop it, even as she grapples with how to be on the right side of history.
Freedland noted, has tended to flourish in times of deep national neuroses and uncertainty.
The genre also blossomed in the s in the era of Vietnam and Watergate, Mr. The novel was completed just 72 hours after Trump was inaugurated as president and eight months before his clashes with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that threaten to turn into a conflict.
Despite it echoing current events, Freedland did not change a word between January and its publication in June. In his latest Guardian column , Freedland wrote: "The bar is set so low for Donald Trump that every day he doesn't trigger a nuclear confrontation with a distant adversary is seen as a bonus. It is illegal to threaten to kill the president in America, even if such a threat might never realisticallu be carried out. Freedland's agent told the New York Times that an effort to soften the title to "The Plot Against the President" still did not convince publishers.
Jonny Geller said: "The commercial view among publishers seems to be that people are living it and haven't got the headspace for reading it. It is a lack of courage and imagination. There was outcry after comedian Kathy Griffin posed with a fake decapitated head of Trump.
And actor Johnny Depp was criticised after asking the crowd at the Glastonbury festival: "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? Freedland has insisted that the book a work of fiction, and that his aim was to create a debate around the moral questions that would face White House officials in the event that a US president was heading towards a global nuclear war.
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