Advise and consent

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Doubleday, 1959 - Fiction - 760 pages
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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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User Review  - nx74defiant - LibraryThing

I had a hard time getting into this. I'm just not that interested in politics. Some parts are dated. But I don't think politics has changed much. Read full review

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

The inside flap to Advise and Consent states it is "...a story so sweeping and complex in its conception that each segment alone would make an enthralling book." Right. I'm sure that's why the entire ... Read full review

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