His work as an author combines his lifelong interests in writing, history, and the law. As the great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, he’s had a more-than-typical sense of identity with the government, prompting him to examine the triumphs and stumbles of the political system and the many leaders within it. When it came time to write his second novel, he chose an era that closely parallels our world today. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, as fear swept the nation, FDR’s measures to keep Americans safe would lead to civil rights violations, legal debates and moral dilemmas, as seen through the eyes of his hero protagonist. During Kermit’s eight years of research, he uncovered a real-life house of cards story: “I was creating a mystery plot, but at the same time I was solving a mystery,” he says.
"I went to work on the Supreme Court, reading the diaries and personal papers of the Justices and the papers filed by the people involved in the Japanese American internment cases, around which the book centers. I researched the world of wartime Washington and the important figures within the government and the military. But I also wanted a story that would work outside the legal context, so I built in another mystery, one that would explore the same themes: loyalty, suspicion, appearances, and the fundamental question of who we will sacrifice to protect the people we love." -- KR
Kermit’s nonfiction books include Conflict of Laws and The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions. He has also published in the Virginia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Columbia Law Review, among others, and the Supreme Court has cited his articles twice. Additionally, he hosts a Coursera class entitled, “Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases.” Born in Washington, DC, Kermit attended Harvard University and Yale Law School.
Allegiance is published by Regan Arts, August 25, 2015.
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