Advise and consent

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Doubleday, 1959 - Fiction - 760 pages
67 Reviews
Robert Leffingwell is the president's candidate for Secretary of State. Prior to his approval, he must first go through a Senate investigation to determine if he's qualified. Leading the Senate committee is idealistic Senator Brig Anderson, who soon finds himself unprepared for the political dirt that's revealed, including Leffingwell's past affiliations with a Communist organization. When Leffingwell testifies about his political leanings, he proves his innocence. Later, however, Anderson learns that he lied under oath and even asks the president to withdraw Leffingwell for consideration, especially after the young senator begins receiving blackmail threats about an affair he had with another man when he was in the army. In a challenge to censorial taboos Preminger emphasised the homosexual angle of the story, even including a scene in a gay bar that doesn't occur in the novel.

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The first 200 or so pages of "Advise and Consent" pages have the reader nostalgic for a Washington that no longer exists -- one where statesmanship, civility and cooperation mattered, and our elected ... Read full review

Review: Advise and Consent (Advise and Consent #1)

User Review  - Frank Cahill - Goodreads

Gripping and intriguing look inside the Senate. Well written Pulitzer winner. Must read for those who enjoy good stories with a political background. Read full review

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