By Michael Katakis
A visceral and eviscerating lament for america, the rustic Katakis enjoyed yet can now not endure to stay in.
Once upon a time, Michael Katakis lived in a spot of huge goals, vibrant shades and sleight of hand. That position was once America.
One evening, vacationing the place those that dwell inside illusions should not move, he stared into the darkness and glimpsed a light flag the place shadows accrued, revealing one other the US. It was once a damaged position, bred from worry and mistrust - 1000 shards of glass - jam-packed with a those that some time past had given away all that was once priceless; a those who were bought, for therefore lengthy, a international betrayal that eventually got here from inside of, and for not anything greater than a handful of silver.
These essays, letters and magazine entries have been written as a farewell to the rustic Michael loves nonetheless, and to the spouse he knew as his 'True North'. a robust and private polemic, one thousand Shards of Glass is Michael's attract his fellow electorate to alter their path; a cautionary story to these around the globe who idealise an the USA that by no means used to be; and, crucially, a glimpse past the parable, to a rustic whose top days may nonetheless lie forward.
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