Lucky Bastard by Charles McCarry
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The KGB grooms a charming young American to run for president
Although in the mid-1940s no one had ever heard of JFK, Jack Adams’s mother insisted her new son be christened John Fitzgerald. Years after his parents’ death, Jack learns the reason for his name: a packet of photos showing his mother in bed with young John Kennedy. As a student at Columbia University, Jack demonstrates that he inherited more than JFK’s good looks. His irresistible charisma and political instinct make him a natural campus leader, but he has his sights set on something bigger than the student council. Young Jack Adams wants to be president of the United States, and the Soviet Union is prepared to help. A KGB spy named Dmitri recruits Jack, promising him the presidency in exchange for treason. Dmitri guides Jack for decades, putting him in a position to become the largest intelligence coup in history—unless the candidate’s libido derails him first.

About Charles McCarry

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Charles McCarry is the author of nine novels, most recently Shelley's Heart, "the best novel ever written about life in high-stakes Washington" (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post). He has worked in the CIA and written or co-written seven works of nonfiction, including       bestselling memoirs with Alexander Haig and Donald Regan. He has also written for Esquire and U.S. News & World Report and was the first and only editor-at-large of National Geographic magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts.
Published November 22, 2011 by Road. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Former CIA man McCarry (The Tears of Autumn; Shelley's Heart) is a highly skilled storyteller--and sometime coauthor (Inner Circles, with Alexander Haig)--whose knowledge of agentry and Washington pol

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