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Pothole of the Gods:

On Holy War, Fake News & Other Ill-Advised Ideas

"The Freakonomics of Foreign Policy"

Pothole of the Gods is an ill-advised, but hilarious ramble through the histories and modern streets of Iraq, Istanbul, and Benghazi. Attached to a marauding medical mission, Murff unravelsa dismal record of global adventurism from Cyrus the Great, the epic clash of Persia and Greece, the glory that was Rome, the Crusades, America's New World Order, to Iran's attempts to trigger the apocalypse next sometime next week. 


And all while evading arrest and sandstorms, watching surgery and trying not to buy a carpet for the wife.


A worm’s eye view of humanity’s most enduring bad ideas, from holy war, fake news and the old "God wills it!" wheeze. Pothole of the Gods is 30% travelogue, 30% headline news, 30% history and 30% comedy of errors. Yes, that’s 120% but is really is a lot of book for the money.

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About Richard Murff

Richard Murff has covered humanitarian issues across Latin America, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya and Clarksdale, MS, to name a few places.

It's not all gallivanting across hell's half acre trying to impress Mrs. M. Murff spent his early career in advertising and marketing for a handful of global corporations. His less impressive jobs included writing sermons for a preacher who is very likely certifiably insane. After several years in the financial sector specializing in capital markets for government debt and collateralized securities, the economy blew-up.


His books include Haint Punch, Yellowcake, One Last Hour and Memphians. He consults on narrative selling and has ghostwritten memoirs, business books and regional histories. His work has appeared in The Bitter Southerner,  Delta, Front Street, The American Spectator, Sail and others. 

He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and daughter. The Mint Julep cookie was created in his honor.

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Journalist, Ghostwriter, Humorist. Have covered issues across Hell's Half Acre. Founder of the 4717. Good Egg.