Congressman Steve Israel was the former United States Representative for New York's third congressional district for 16 years, serving in the United States Congress from 2001 to 2017. Born and raised in Brooklyn and on Long Island, he graduated from George Washington University.
After his service in politics had ended, and with a lifelong passion for books, Steve opened Theodore's Books—a bookstore located in the historic, waterfront hamlet of Oyster Bay on Long Island's Gold Coast.
The bookstore is described as "a place where there's no screaming, lobbying or finger-pointing (unless it's the tip of your finger against a line in a book you love.)"
Big Guns: A Novel
When Chicago's Mayor Michael Rodriguez starts a national campaign to ban handguns from America's cities, towns, and villages, Otis Cogsworth, the wealthy chairman and CEO of a huge arms company in Asabogue, Long Island, is worried. In response, he and lobbyist Sunny McCarthy convince an Arkansas congressman to introduce federal legislation mandating that every American must own a firearm. Events soon escalate.
Asabogue's Mayor Lois Leibowitz passes an ordinance to ban guns in the town—right in Otis Cogsworth's backyard. Otis retaliates by orchestrating a recall election against Lois and Jack Steele, a rich town resident, runs against her. Even though the election is for the mayor of a small village on Long Island, Steele brings in the big guns of American politics to defeat Lois. Soon, thousands of pro-gun and anti-gun partisans descend on Asabogue, and the bucolic town becomes a tinderbox. Meanwhile, Washington politicians in both parties are caught between a mighty gun lobby and the absurdity of requiring that every American, with waivers for children under age four, carry a gun. What ensues is a discomfiting, hilarious indictment of the state of American politics.
"New York congressman-turned-novelist Steve Israel delivers a second brilliant political satire" (Booklist, starred review). "An entertaining satire" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Big Guns is "a wonderfully irreverent satire about the fractured and fractious American political and lobbying system… a rollicking comedic trip" (Publishers Weekly).
Published by Simon & Schuster, 2018.
The Global War on Morris: A Novel
Meet Morris Feldstein, a pharmaceutical salesman living and working in western Long Island who loves the Mets, loves his wife Rona, and loves things just the way they are. He doesn't enjoy the news; he doesn't like to argue. Rona may want to change the world; Morris wants the world to leave him alone. Morris does not make waves. But one day Morris is seduced by a lonely, lovesick receptionist at one of the offices along his sales route, and in a moment of weakness charges a non-business expense to his company credit card. No big deal. Easy mistake.
But the government's top-secret surveillance program, anchored by a giant, complex supercomputer known as NICK, thinks differently. NICK begins to thread together the connected strands of Morris's life—his friends, family, his traffic violations, his daughter's political leanings, his wife's new patients, and even his failed romantic endeavors—and Morris becomes the government's public enemy number one.
In his "laugh-out-loud funny" (Chris Matthews) debut novel, author "Steve Israel reveals his inner Jon Stewart" (Daily News, New York). The Global War on Morris toes the line between recent breaking headlines and a future that is not that difficult to imagine: "Why read this when one can see Washington insiders acting like buffoons in farcical situation on CNN? This is funnier than Wolf Blitzer, that's why" (Library Journal).