The White House Mess by Christopher Buckley

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With a 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. Parodying the familiar form of the White House memoir, 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.

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Christopher Buckley, "the quintessential political novelist of his time" according to Fortune magazine, is the winner of the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor. Tom Wolfe has described him as "one of the funniest writers in the English language." Buckley is the author of twelve books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, Florence of Arabia, and the memoir Losing Mum and Pup.
Published November 2, 2011 by Knopf. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Buckley's first novel, a sally at political humor, is somewhat of a failing off from his first book, Steaming to Bamboola (1982), which had its strength in his pungent description of the world of a tramp steamer.

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