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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Drury puts together an interesting universe based on his experiences as a Senate reporter. Even people casually familiar with the politics of the era will recognize some of the inspirations: Roosevelt ... Read full review

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The politics are often tedious, and the final 100 pages are hampered by melodrama, but the whole bloated novel is redeemed by the riveting Brigham Anderson section, which punched me in the gut as hard as just about anything ever has. Read full review

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