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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With a dotty, pajama-clad President Reagan refusing to leave the White House on his successor's Inauguration Day, Buckley has given this farce of Oval Office politics a nearly perfect beginning. Unfortunately, he uses his best shot first and the rest of the book rarely equals the wit that energizes the hilarious opening. Parodying the familiar form of the White House memoir, Buckley (author of Steaming in Bamboola, son of William F. Buckley) recounts the turbulent years of the Democratic Tucker administration, as told by loyalist Herbert Wadlough. Through this former accountant's eyes, we see the infighting that plagues the White House, the President's faltering marriage to a former starlet, and his ongoing crises, including restoration of ties with Castro andin one of the novel's smarter sectionsa Marxist coup in Bermuda. Buckley, a onetime speechwriter for George Bush, obviously knows Washington's foibles and follies, but the zest of the book's early promise is smothered by an otherwise bland performance. Literary Guild alternate. (March 24p
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140097931
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/3/1987
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Funny-and you don't need to be a DC insider

    I laughed from the opening to the last chapter. I loved the story being in the form of the journal of the deputy aide to the president. His point of view of the goings-on, both in and out of the media spotlight are wonderful. I especially enjoyed the dealings with the President's young son, nicknamed Firecracker (?) because of the stunts he pulls in the White House, often involving his hamster, and the First Lady, who was a former 'film' starlet. And President Carter thought it was tough having Billy as a brother...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    Not Your Typical White House Memoir

    I LOVED this book! Christopher Buckley is the ultimate satirist, telling the story of fictional President Tucker's 'TNT's' ill-fated presidential term, which gets off to a difficult start from day one when President Reagan doesn't feel like moving out on innauguration today and simply refuses to get out of his pajamas. It's all downhill from there, and Herbert Wadlough, devoted and naive assistant to the President shares the ups and downs of working for the most powerful man in the world. I'll read ALL Buckley's books!

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