It is 2030, and America is on the brink. In the face of an ever-more-perilous environmental crisis and ever-more-tenuous global tensions, President Herbert Chase Hastings is stoking the fires of unrest as no American leader ever has before. His alignment with militias and religious extremists, his intolerance for diversity and science, and his ties to dangerous regimes and unscrupulous businesses have made him the champion of a bold, vocal, and deadly minority. Meanwhile, the remainder of America – and much of the world – either raises its voice in protest or quakes in fear.
Journalist Jay Patterson has been following Hastings since before his election, and he knows the risks the president poses better than most. And when a secret source starts feeding Jay information that suggests that the country is in even greater peril, he chooses to risk everything to act. But even Jay has underestimated the reach of America's chief executive . . . and it may be too late for anyone to stop what Hastings has set into motion.
Written with the perspective only available to a true Washington insider, AMERICAN COUP is a political thriller unlike any other. It sheds light on what really happens behind the scenes at the highest levels of government, illuminates the forces at work all across the American landscape, and tells an edge-of-your-seat story that will leave you breathless.
Emanuel Cleaver II is a United Methodist pastor, American politician, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Cleaver currently represents Missouri's 5th congressional district, where he's served since 2005. He was the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus from 2010 to 2019. Prior to that, he served two terms as mayor of Kansas City, MO.
Congressman Cleaver regularly makes appearances on Meet the Press and Face the Nation as well as Oprah and Good Morning America.