Potomac jungle: a novel

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Knightsbridge Pub. Co., 1990 - Fiction - 397 pages
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Against the backdrop of an invisible escalating war for nuclear submarine superiority, one man holds the fate of the country in his hands. President H. Stephen Thompson has nearly completed one term in but the medical report from the Bethesda Naval Hospital has confirmed that the President's health is deteriorating. He suffers ominous memory losses that cause him to forget the names of important senators...and important matters of state. Now, on the eve of the upcoming nominating convention, President Thompson is embroiled in a struggle for survival, a battle for power driven by the ambitious Vice President and a secret self-appointed committee. As the committee threatens to implement the 25th Amendment he is confronted with contradictory loyalties; his wife cannot suppress her feelings for Vice President Hawley but is determined to maintain her position as First Lady; his son works for the Vice President, but is keenly aware of his father's brilliance. The President's political allies and Cabinet members are divided over the issue of the President's health, and of the necessity for proceeding with Red Dye Day, the secret technological breakthrough in the deadly game of underwater nuclear warfare with the Russians. Power, passion, and ambition lurk in Potomac Jungle, where the jungle world of Washington politics is starkly revealed. * * * "David Levy's Potomac Jungle portrays Washington as a city in which boredom is not only unknown but impossible...Mr. Levy's hero is a wily and handsome Vice President who has had an affair with a beautiful network anchor, who later marries the deeply principled President..." Wall Street Journal "David Levy has proved once again he is an entertaining and literate writer. Potomac Jungle is an exciting story of men and women caught up in the struggle for survival at the highest levels of government!" Jack Valenti, President of the Motion Picture Association of America "A fiction thriller...David Levy presents the inner workings of the White House with impressive authority. His novel revolves around a tense power struggle between an aging President and a young, ambitious Vice President." Playboy

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