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  - Sean O'Hara - Goodreads

Before The West Wing and House of Cards there was Advise and Consent. Written by a senior Capitol Hill correspondent, the book was the bestselling novel of 1960, won a Pulitzer prize, and got turned ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Puskas - Goodreads

To fairly evaluate this book, one must bear in mind that it was written in 1959. Although that was hardly a time of naiive idealism, being the middle of the Cold War, our North American view of the ... Read full review

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