A Letter to America

Author Encourages Examination of Current Political Climate

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina – In a book that serves as both a commentary on the state of affairs in American politics and a look at how the political climate fits into the nation’s history, Errington Thompson, M.D., provides a series of letters that touch on everything from the environment to terrorism in A Letter to America: Is President Bush Leading us in the Right Direction? (now available through AuthorHouse, BN and Amazon).

An analysis of George W. Bush’s presidency thus far, A Letter to America is a broad, retrospective look at executive decisions and their respective results. Written in a non-abrasive tone, the book encourages “neighbors and friends” to look more deeply into the issues that most interest them. Thompson offers a list of 10 different topics and pulls pertinent information from hundreds of sources to present an informative base of facts, to which he adds commentary and thought-provoking questions.

His work is a wake-up call to citizens and suggests ways that all Americans might monitor their government’s handling of key issues in the future. Although his commentary is at times critical of the president’s actions, his suggestions for moving the U.S. government toward a better future are bipartisan and insightful.

A Letter to America is a well-researched commentary on how the current administration is leading the country and how the president’s actions affect each citizen.

Thompson, a surgeon, is the director of trauma/surgical critical care at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. His profession allows him to see the real-life, physical effects of government policy, which gives him a unique perspective on current issues. He attended Emory University and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he was raised. He received further training at hospitals in Shreveport, La., and St. Louis. Although he has written more than 50 professional articles and book chapters, A Letter to America is his first non-medical book.

The Thirteenth Juror

Author Encourages Investigating the Grand Jury Transcripts

The death of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014, has become a touchstone for reform in three areas of American society: the high incidence of black citizens killed by white policemen; the pattern and effect of systemic racism in the country’s criminal justice system; the need for study and reform of current federal and state grand jury systems. The Thirteenth Juror illustrates the pitfalls of the grand jury system by inviting readers to take a seat with the 12 people selected as grand jurors in the Michael Brown case, and to share the evidence and process they went through. Details that were not openly or adequately questioned are highlighted, and the impact of the posture and attitude of the prosecuting attorneys is explored. Disparities are uncovered in the narrative of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who was responsible for Brown’s death, and the process of informing – or misinforming – jury members regarding the law(s) governing their deliberations is given critical attention. Ultimately, throughout the 24 days of testimony, the deeply human side of this tragedy is shared. And measured against the history of the grand jury process itself, this is a case study illustrating the need for examination and reform.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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