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Professor Pens Political Novel

Monday, April 7, 2008


Deadly Election, by Betsy Hartmann
Betsy Hartmann, associate professor of development studies and director of the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College, has published a novel of political intrigue, titled Deadly Election.

The novel, Hartmann's second, has been published through White River Press. In Deadly Election. Lyndon Tottman is the President's human crutch, an invaluable aide who protects the man who sits in the Oval Office. They share a passion for power, a need to always be in control, and an alcoholic past. Set in an election year when the Democratic contender stands a good chance of winning in November, Tottman and his boss have no intention of losing, no matter what.

Hartmann's novel explores the greatest "what if?" question in politics: what if a sitting President decided not to heed the voters' judgment?

With the country's future hanging in the balance, a Supreme Court justice, a young Congressional aide, and a grieving mother are all swept into a fight for their ideals--and their lives.

Hartmann writes fiction and nonfiction about national and global issues. Her first novel, The Truth About Fire, was a thriller about neo-Nazis in the American heartland. Both novels reflect her interest in how political passions shape personal choices.

For more information, visit the author's Web site at


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