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The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle to Bring Down the Klan is a finalist for the Edgar Award as the best nonfiction true crime book of 2016.
Rose, my one-person play about the Kennedy matriarch, was a big hit in Chicago last year. It will be in Boca this fall.
I've been doing interviews about President Trump and Palm Beach including on the CBS Sunday Morning show.
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The President's Butler is available as an e-book and softcover at Amazon. The novel is the story of the improbable rise of a flamboyant New York businessman to the presidency of the United States.
Here are some comments on The President's Butler.
“A kind of master tutorial in the nuances of American class…This work is an impressively inventive tale, with considerable wisdom to boot. A fictional dramatization of America’s current presidential race, skillfully rendered."--Kirkus Reviews
“The President’s Butler cannot be read without thinking of….well, you know who. But a reader won’t know whether to laugh or cry at this spot-on satirical romp, as Leamer, one hell of an author and social critic, deftly eviscerates modern-day politics that are almost too absurd to parody yet also too frightening to ignore.”
David Corn, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief
"Laurence has produced not just another political story with a short shelf space. This is a wonderful read and he has combined all the elements of some of the greatest American novels. There is a whole lot of Gatsby here along with much that is something reminiscent of bestselling Fletcher Knebel's Dark Horse. The narrator talks to us in the voice of Jack Burden, the haunted and dark soul who suffered through his years with Willie Stark, the Huey Long type in Robert Penn Warren's classic All the King's Men. While the relevance to the 2016 Presidential campaign is obvious, this book is really for the ages."
John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll and author of We Are Many, We Are One: Neo-Tribes and Tribal Analytics in 21st Century America
“A wickedly funny, astute, acerbic and well developed parody about a ruthless and incredibly politically incorrect billionaire running for president”
“Beautifully written, The President’s Butler will make readers groan and roar with laughter, and puts Leamer in heady company, as the worthy inheritor of Sinclair Lewis, Robert Penn Warren and Tom Wolfe. Leamer’s protagonist, Vincent Victor, is the new Gatsby, reflecting all that compels our era’s rendezvous with inanity: ambition, class, politics and greed.”
Mark Perry, bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur
“Parts of The President’s Butler may be laugh-out-loud funny, but this is a serious and important book that must be read.
Laurence Kotlikoff, presidential candidate at Kotlikoff2016.com
“Damn-well written, racy, readable, funny and sharp, with a glorious mix of snobbery meets the American bottom line. Reminds me of A Confederacy of Dunces!”
Nigel Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of Commander in Chief
"The President’s Butler brilliantly explores the savage realities of contemporary American political and social life. The author’s portrayal of the main character, Vincent Victor, is an unforgettable portrait of a man who will do anything to get what he wants, and he wants everything."
James Grady, bestselling author of Six Days of the Condor and The Marble Jungle