Who's on First (Blackford Oakes Series)by William F. Buckley Jr.
As with all of Buckley's novels of cold war skulduggery, his wit and elan show through
WHO'S ON FIRST is the story of the race between the United States and the Soviet Union to be the first to place a satellite in orbit. All of us know who was first, but Buckley's fictional re-creation of the events leading up to that historical fact will keep the listener on edge.
As with all of Buckley's novels of cold war skulduggery, his wit and elan show through in the statements of his insouciant alter ego, Blackie. Buckley spices the dialogue with vignettes between the then CIA Director Allen Dulles and former Secretary of State Dean Acheson.
As Kirkus Reviews prophesied, "anyone who can make conferences between Dulles and Acheson sound like vaudeville routines deserves the audience he is bound to get."
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