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The White House Mess
     

The White House Mess

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by Christopher Buckley
 

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At last, a White House reminiscence that pulls no punches! Herbert Wadlough, personal assistant to President N. Tucker (TNT), offers his unique and utterly self-serving inside view of the historic years 1989-1993 of the ill-fated Tucker administration, in which he played such a crucial role. From the inauguration crisis—when President Reagan refused to vacate

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At last, a White House reminiscence that pulls no punches! Herbert Wadlough, personal assistant to President N. Tucker (TNT), offers his unique and utterly self-serving inside view of the historic years 1989-1993 of the ill-fated Tucker administration, in which he played such a crucial role. From the inauguration crisis—when President Reagan refused to vacate the White House—to the epochal War on Bermuda, to the delicate negotiations (sexual, for the most part) between the President and his First Lady, Wadlough gives an account that is open, honest, and hilarious.  
 
“This is the best piece of American political satire in years.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“This is a brilliant satire.... A witty, very funny, intricate spoof. Buckley gives new meaning to the phrase “He’ll never work again in politics.’”—Bob Woodward

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394549408
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1986
Pages:
256

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Meet the Author

Novelist, essayist, humorist, editor, and critic Christopher Buckley (b. 1952) is the author of several satirical novels, including Thank You for Smoking, Little Green Men, and Supreme Courtship, as well as travelogues and other books. He is the son of writer William F. Buckley Jr. and socialite Patricia Buckley and lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and children.

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The White House Mess 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You featured this as NEW !!! and perhaps this soft cover version was, but the original book was from the l980s. Hardly NEW !!! and AND AND !!! The print is sooooo small we cannot begin to read it !!! I hope to bring it back and exchange it for something legible. Bad on ya !!!
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