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By Phil Campbell

This offbeat actual tale is a comedy and a tragedy approximately politics, from anti-globalist protest to household turmoil. it really is approximately idealism, obsession and failure in Seattle, a innovative urban at the edge of America's continent and realization. furnish Cogswell is a poet, a punk rock-fan, an anarchist, a grassroots activist, and one very temperamental personality. He loves Seattle a lot he has the town emblem tattooed on his arm. in the summertime of 2001 he makes a decision to run for urban council. he is so made up our minds to win that he will even put on a polar-bear swimsuit to a urban corridor assembly. Phil Campbell, the writer, is a burnt-out lately fired alt-weekly reporter, a manic depressive who sees few purposes to dwell. encouraged by means of his buddy Grant's ardour, and with no something larger to do, he is of the same opinion to regulate Grant's crusade. For eighteen weeks, Phil devotes himself to Grant's grassroots challenge—all the whereas fending an overzealous roommate hard him for his place as supervisor in their shared residence. Overshadowing the tale is the story of U.S. Rep. Marion Anthony Zioncheck, a mythical boozer and forgotten lefty radical from the Thirties. As Grant's crusade unfolds, so does the tale of Zioncheck's tragedy — his upward thrust and fall from an brisk younger politico to a madman who's despatched to the insane asylum. The query: Is Zioncheck's story a lesson already discovered, or a prophecy ready to be repeated?

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