A Book Authored By Theodore Hodge
Dear friends and readers:
For many years I’ve had the great opportunity of working with the Perspective Magazine. This publication has served a great purpose over the years, especially during the most turbulent times in our recent past --- this magazine was there to inform, update, analyze and critique important and ordinary events especially relating to our country, Liberia, and the African Community of Nations.
I had the opportunity, indeed an honor, to work with the editorial staff, including the following: Our grand elder, Siahyonkron Nyanseor, the publisher; Mr. Abraham Williams, the Editor-in-Chief, and my friend, Mr. George Nubo, the Managing Editor and J. Kpanneh Doe. Alongside these great pillars and cornerstones of the organization were other notable contributors, such as: The late Tarty Teh, a tireless writer, advocate and agitator, Nat Gbessagee, James Harris, Charles Sunwabe, Emmanuel Dolo and Abdulaye Dukule, just to name a few.
Over the years, we also had notable contributions from such literary giants and thinkers as Dr. Boima Fahnbulleh, the indefatigable Dr. Elwood Dunn and the indomitable Dr. Sakui Malakpa. I must make it a point to stress that this is just a small sample; over the years, the pages of the magazine were graced by other intellectuals too numerous to name here.
I joined this magnificent group and became a contributor and staff writer for many years. It is perhaps fair to say I gave it my best and in return got some invaluable experience and exposure. Now, many will agree that the name Theodore Hodge is a well-known name among our readers. I have received many praises and accolades during this period, but I’ve also been the target of some caustic criticism and opposition. Like they say in this business, “You win some, you lose some”, and so it has been.
Now I’ve literally turned a new page. I’ve written and published a book, The Rubber Republic. Although the book is a work of fiction, it encompasses the meticulous history, politics and sociology of a place the reader might recognize. All works of fiction eventually remind the reader of particular places, people and events; this one is no exception.
So thanks for reading my articles over the years and putting up with my temperament, idiosyncrasy and sometimes highly opinionated perspectives. Now I hope I can count on your loyal readership to support this new endeavor. Remember as you read along, this is a work of fiction; it comes entirely from my imagination, although it is fair to say that the story is also based on many actual life experiences. I take all blame and criticism for the finished work. I invite your viewpoints on these very pages. Thank you for reading; I appreciate your patronage and support.
"The Rubber Republic covers two decades, the late 1950s through the 1970s. Set mainly in West Africa, the story takes the reader to the United States and a few other stops along the way. The story is mainly about the intriguing and fantastic lives of two young men, Yaba-Dio Himmie and Yaba-Dio Kla, who leave their parents' farm in search of enlightenment and adventure. But the story is also about their country, the Republic of Seacoast, and a giant American Rubber conglomerate, The Waterstone Rubber Plantation Company. The two boys meet and befriend an American expatriate, Christian Snyder who quickly becomes their benefactor. They assume his surname and take the names Harry and Charlie Snyder. He becomes inflicted with the malaria virus and returns home to Akron, Ohio, where he quickly dies, but not before leaving them as beneficiaries of his will. They will not get to know that for some time to come. Against all odds, they succeed astronomically. One marries into a rich and prominent family and begins to rise to fame. He puts personal ambition above all else; even family becomes expendable. The other joins the army and moves rapidly along the ranks, yet he remains the epitome of humility and puts family, principle and duty above self. The president rules the country with an iron fist and takes nepotism to a new low. One of his brothers is the Finance Minister and the other the Senate Pro Tem. Two of his sons are legislators; the elitism is astounding! After managing the regime through Machiavellian means of force, threats, intimidation, bribery and chicanery, the old man dies and is succeeded by his elder son; but the mystique begins to crack. A charismatic freedom fighter and rebel rises in opposition to the government and the once docile and complacent masses awaken. The government runs into trouble both on the domestic and international fronts."
Here is the link to Amazon where the book is made available: