New York Times digital bestselling author Tim Rowland’s newest book confirms what many have suspected: politics is a weird business.
Rowland argues in his newest book Politics Weird-O-Pedia: The Ultimate Book of Surprising, Strange, and Incredibly Bizarre Facts about Politics, that today’s political culture is no more unhinged than it has been at any point in world history.
In fact, he says, we may comfort ourselves knowing that at points in the past, politics has been much more bizarre than it is now. “Today, for example, at least we are no longer cementing thousands of live humans into our public works projects. That we know of,” he says.
Politics Weird-O-Pedia is chock full of strange, funny and sometimes unnerving episodes in political history.
“There’s something about public office that, throughout time, has transcended normalcy. Politics Weird-o-Pedia presents some of the oddest and most interesting political absurdities and tidbits from around the world, from Peter the Great’s tax on beards to a lawmaker’s mistress whom he kept on the congressional payroll despite her admission that ‘I can’t type, I can’t file, I can’t even answer the phone,’” Rowland says.
Rowland has authored a number of books, including histories of the Adirondacks and Western Maryland mountains, and the Strange and Obscure series, collections of historical essays focusing on lesser-known aspects of American history.
An avid outdoorsman, Rowland has climbed in the Himalayas, hiked the Inca Trail, trekked throughout Europe, and ridden a bicycle across the United States. He has climbed all 46 Adirondack High Peaks. He recently moved to a farm in Jay where he and his wife raise Belted Galloway cattle. He’s a regular contributor to the Adirondack Almanack, Adirondack Explorer, and other Adirondack publications.
Politics Weird-O-Pedia: The Ultimate Book of Surprising, Strange, and Incredibly Bizarre Facts about Politics is available at bookstores, online retailers such as Amazon and iBooks, and from the author at timrowlandbooks.com.
There will be a book signing in Plattsburgh, NY at Bookburgh Books in the Champlain Centre, Saturday, October 19, at 2 pm. Check Tim Rowland Books on Facebook for more events.