|About the Book|
The Tower of Power shows us not only the humor and pathos of the human condition but also how the indestructibility of love and hope can lead us to the redemption of our souls. Set in the harsh realities of the nineties, and after years ofMoreThe Tower of Power shows us not only the humor and pathos of the human condition but also how the indestructibility of love and hope can lead us to the redemption of our souls. Set in the harsh realities of the nineties, and after years of double-digit interest rates and ever-skyrocketing inflation, the city of Atlanta is being invaded by an ever-burgeoning population of dissatisfied and unemployed people, all searching for a better life, as they try to escape the inevitable struggles and confinements of their bleak existences. They quickly find out that theyll get nowhere fast without a car and so they make their way to any of the innumerable car dealerships, that surround this megalopolis known as Atlanta, where their stories will intertwine with the salesmen and the managers-- the deciders who reside in the tower-- the tower of power, where all the deals are done. Come inside the dealership and meet the players, from the shoppers kicking the tires to the employees, like Willie Bodyguard Bowman, a towering local basketball star with a looming NBA future, working on the clean-up crew, to the many salesmen-- like Mike Stratton, an ex-D.J. or the G-Man, an ex-professional boxer -- to Joe Riola, the wise-cracking New Yorker and dealerships G.M., who makes every employee work on a commission-only basis.The Tower of Power provides the reader with a rare glimpse into an American institution, the car business, and is written with such an insiders knowledge, truthfully showing -- without any melodrama-- all the grief and ugliness as well as the joy and beauty that surrounds so many of these cunning, calculating and captivating characters lives, that youll remember them long after youve finished reading the book -- especially when you realize that theyre all bit players in this tragic/comedy called life and that one of them could have easily been you.