By mid-2017, North American economies are in trouble, world peace seems tenuous, many anxiously await the next move by the White House, and there are whispers of balkanization throughout America. What Happened to Us? is a historical fiction following diverse characters experiencing some of the defining events of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Troy and Harry grow up in Montana post-WWII, become successful businessmen, and battle with conflicting political interests as the US economy changes. Lord Conrad cannot accept the EU bureaucracy and struggles with the realities of WWII's true beneficiaries. Boyhood friends in Jerusalem, Chaim and Simon, experience division as Britain's Palestinian Mandate crumbles after WWII and Israel battles to survive. A young Egyptian, Tariq, listens as his father recounts the days of Suez greatness and watches his country suffer in Middle East wars. Tariq meets and falls in love with Carol, an American journalist who grows up in Canada's oil-rich west and travels the world on assignments that all, somehow, relate to North America's failure to become self-sufficient in energy.
Through interwoven threads that connect several nations, these far-reaching narratives inform our understanding of our current reality and the role we play in our unfolding history. Taking a broad view of international economies and history, What Happened to Us? explores various perspectives on the changing geopolitical landscape, from energy security to Middle East peace, to political leadership, and the changing role of America on the global stage....