BUY FROMAMAZON
PURCHASE AUDIO VERSION

THE PRESIDENT'S ANGEL (2000)

AUTHOR'S INSIGHTS
THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN AT A TIME WHEN THE WORLD APPEARED TO BE BLOWING ITSELF UP. ONE DAY MY FRIEND ELINOR INVITED ME TO DEMONSTRATE FOR PEACE BY MARCHING ON A MILITARY INSTALLATION. "OH ELLIE," I SAID, "I CAN'TWORK FOR PEACE BY VIOLENT PROTEST."

BUT I FELT MISERABLE ABOUT MY INABILITY TO ENGAGE, AND LYING ON MY BED THAT
AFTERNOON, I BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT THE FRAGILE STATE OF THE WORLD AND MY OWN INADEQUACY. "OH GOD," I PRAYED, WITH LONGING HEART: "I WISH I UNDERSTOOD. I WISH I HAD INSIGHT. AND IF I DID, I WISH I COULD DO SOMETHING TO HELP THIS POOR PRETTY LITTLE SUFFERING WORLD . . . " WORDLESS PRAYERS LIKE THAT.

A SENTENCE CAME INTO MY MIND: "IT WAS ON THE 695TH DAY OF HIS REIGN THAT THE
PRESIDENT SAWTHE ANGEL." AND THEN IT REPEATED. BY THEN I HAD LEAPT FOR A PENCIL AND BEGAN TO WRITE IN A KIND OF DELIRIUM FOR POSSIBLY 15 MINUTES, CAME TO THE END OF THE CHAPTER, AND STOPPED COLD. THE MUSE HAD FLED.

THATWAS THE BEGINNING OF AN ADULT FABLE THAT INCLUDES PLOT, WHIMSY, HUMOR, PHILOSOPHY, STORY, AND A NEW WAY OF CONSIDERING THE SUFFERING OF THIS WORLD.WHERE DID THIS BRIEF NOVEL COME FROM? I DO NOT KNOW. I WAS MERELY THE SCRIBE TAKING DOWN DICTATION, REPORTING FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW. IF THIS IS TRUE, IT MAKES SENSE OF WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH TODAY.

"TRANSCENDENTAL… BURNHAM IS A FLUENT WRITER WHO URGES AN ETHIC OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICE AND RESPONSIBILITY." – PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY