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A Romantic Manifesto

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This spiritual manifesto was written for any reader seeking romantic fulfillment, environmental salvation, enlightenment, and a decent automobile.

As the Note to the Reader shares:

This Manifesto is about the Meaning of Life and How to Save the World. Those interested in car repair, car buying, and related subjects can consult my Systematic Theology. Those interested in a handbook for your everyday, down-to-earth romance can consult my History of Modern Ergonomics. Those interested in love, happiness, and personal fulfillment, read on.

Journey to Shangri-La, Goethe’s Germany, the Sweden of Willie Volvo and his Princess, the Poet’s Path along the picturesque Neckar River, and the America of apple pie and Chevrolet.

If all of civilization is on a mad, Faustian quest for material happiness, how can we find sanity, redemption, true love, and a good car?

One of the most unique and genre-defying reads you're likely to encounter this year - it's difficult to put down.

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“Readers of this book may ask as I did, What have we here? Poetry or protest? Wisdom or wackiness? Parody or preaching? Automotive analysis or autobiographical admission? The answer: both none and all of the above in a seething admixture of erudition, despair, hopefulness, realism, Romanticism, contempt, and humility. And yet somehow also a foundational affirmation of the redemptive potential of love. ‘You were innocent until you read this’ was a line that sticks with me. Which makes the reader guilty of ... what? I had to read the book to find out. I am truly glad I did.”
Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

About the Author

Kent Gramm is the author of Gettysburg, November, Somebody’s Darling, Clare, The Prayer of Jesus, Gettysburg: This Hallowed Ground (with Chris Heisey), and the editor of Battle: The Nature and Consequences of Civil War Combat. A winner of the Hart Crane Poetry Prize, he has published two books of poetry: Psalms for Skeptics and Psalms for the Poor. He teaches Civil War Era Studies and Creative Writing at Gettysburg College.

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