Fellow Travelers

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008 - Fiction - 353 pages
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It's 1950s Washington, D.C.: a world of bare-knuckled ideology and secret dossiers, dominated by personalities like Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Joe McCarthy. Enter Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. An encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job and, after Fuller's advances, his first love affair. As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on “sexual subversives” in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives. Moving between the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO's front line in Europe, Fellow Travelers is a searing historical novel infused with political drama, unexpected humor, and genuine heartbreak.

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In his latest book, prominent historical novelist Thomas Mallon turns his attention to Washington, DC in the time of Joseph McCarthy. While that era is best known for McCarthy’s witch hunt against ... Read full review

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I read this upon a recommendation from a friend. I'm not really sure why it's gotten such rave reviews. Yes, it is well written, but I didn't find any of the characters sympathetic or redeeming, and ... Read full review

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Thomas Mallon is the author of the novels Bandbox, Henry and Clara, and Dewey Defeats Truman; In Fact, a collection of essays; and the nonfiction books Stolen Words, A Book of One's Own, and Mrs. Paine's Garage. A frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and other magazines, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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