Advise and consent
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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Review: Advise and Consent (Advise and Consent #1)User Review - Simone - Goodreads
Fred as McCarthy. Good job on the Lavender Scare. Some parts got too repetitive and slow. Shelly's Heart and All the Kings Men much better novels about political corruption. Read full review