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November 18, 2022

Berryman’s political thriller Divided We Fall explores the consequences of a leftward shift in U.S. politics, including the dissolution of the country.

What made you want to become an author?

I like to look into the future 10, 20, 30 years to consider the possibilities/probabilities of political, social, economic, and other causes of unrest. I do not like what I see in the future. The possibility of civil unrest leading to armed conflict within the United States, American against American, worries me. I wrote Divided We Fall around the year 2008.  

What inspired Divided We Fall?

I see the political shift to the left as a threat to the Republic. The breakup of the United States along regional lines is a possible consequence of the march toward and into socialism. I see more and more government regulation and less individual freedom.

Why or how do you think this book is particularly relevant now?

It portrays the current political shift to the left with the accompanying tendency toward violence, social disruption, disrespect for the law and the rights of others—consider the riots and the failure to prevent/contain them—and the initial steps toward a revolution. The book addresses the regional political differences and how that shift could potentially play out. 

Do you think you’ll ever write nonfiction?

No.

What is the one thing you most want to tell readers about you or your book?

I don’t want to tell readers anything about myself. I want them to consider the book as portraying the consequences of allowing politicians to ignore the Constitution and consolidate power in their own hands at the expense of individual freedoms and the rule of law.

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