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Sen. Byron Dorgan
Gridlock is a harrowing near-future thriller from New York Times bestselling duo Senator Byron Dorgan and David Hagberg. In their second collaboration, Dorgan and Hagberg set the scene by introducing two Iranian agents who give a Russian engineer $1 million for a thumbdrive. The drive contains a deadly computer virus that could shut down all electrical power in the United States -- with a single keystroke. In rural North Dakota, a lineman is electrocuted, and the local cop sent to investigate is shot to death. As rolling electrical blackouts begin to shut down major US cities, the war for energy domination begins.
In Take This Job And Ship It, Senator Dorgan sounds an alarm: With our country up to its neck in trade debt — $2 billion a day — as we import energy and export jobs, it is long past the time to tackle the trade crisis head-on.
By outsourcing hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, American companies are essentially hollowing out our economic base, and with the current White House beholden to Big Oil and cronies straight out of the Gilded Age, no one is guarding the rights of the American worker. Take This Job and Ship It is not just a dire warning—it also offers many sobering cures before our current policies put American national security even further at risk.
As one of only eight senators to vote against bank deregulation, Sen. Dorgan warned America that a free-market system left unchecked is like driving a car at ninety miles per hour without brakes. With the recent financial collapse having proven him right, Dorgan exposes this modern-day carnival of greed and calls out the corporate executives who reap millions and even billions as a “reward” for self-interest and mismanagement in his second book, Reckless!
More poignantly, he argues that public officials we elect to represent the best interests of the people have sold us out, as government has become a partner to Big Oil, Big Media, and Big Pharma.
In his prairie-populist voice peppered with incisive wit, Dorgan argues that we must rescue the economy from the influence of financial conglomerates and power brokers, and to hold our public officials accountable for regulating the economy.
Sen. Dorgan's first work of fiction, Blowout, begins with America on the brink of crisis. Unless we can curb our dangerous appetite for foreign oil, petroleum-rich countries and speculators will bring our economy to its knees…long before CO2 emissions will devastate our ecosystem. The President has answered the call with the Dakota District Initiative, a top secret research team hidden deep in the Badlands of North Dakota. The Initiative is developing a way to produce clean energy from coal.
The stakes couldn’t be higher: Unless the Initiative succeeds we could be faced with gasoline at twenty dollars per gallon or more, putting an impossible strain on an already fragile economy.