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The Woody

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Senator Woody White is being blackmailed by his wife, sued by his ex-wife, shaken down by a Vermont maple syrup kingpin, terrorized by his neo-fascist housekeeper, and dragged into litigation over a fender bender in the Senate parking garage. But when he is stricken with an ill-timed case of ED (Erectile Dysfunction), the desperate player faces his biggest campaign killer ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1998)
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Howard
Jun 10, 2014 Howard rated it really liked it
Woodrow Wilson White is "a scandal-ridden senator being investigated by the Ethics Committee, being sued by two women [his ex-wife and his current wife, who is a lesbian] and the Senate Majority Leader [Trent Lott], and being sent dog parts in the mail by an Italian neo-Fascist." So, things couldn't get any worse, could they? You wanna bet?

It isn't absolutely necessary, but it would perhaps increase the reader's enjoyment of the book if he/she were old enough to remember what was happening in Wa
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Eric_W
Nov 14, 2008 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Peter Lefcourt writes funny books. The The Dreyfus Affair A Love Story was an amusing history of a major league shortstop who "comes out" and discovers there's more to life than baseball.

Abbreviating Ernie is the story of a successful urologist who is abruptly castrated while in the midst of a kinky sexual escapade with his wife in the kitchen of their home in Schenectady. The urologist also makes an appearance in The Woody, a hysterical novel that had me laughing out loud. Woodrow White is a s
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Gerald
Feb 11, 2008 Gerald rated it it was amazing
I freely confess that I hold Peter Lecourt in high regard as a canny progenitor of the fratirist's art (to make an unlovely term even more so). This comic novel about boneheaded liaisons in Washington politics coincided with the early Clinton scandals, although it's just possible the events that inspired it had more to do with the embarrassments of Gary Hart's earlier presidential campaign. As Jackie Mason said, "That guy was on top of everything!"

It's stunning to think how innocent those days n
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james
Jul 15, 2011 james rated it liked it
This is a hilarious comedy about Woody, a Senator from Vermont whose term is about to expire. Naturally, he's trying to get reelected. He's a real slime dog who thinks nothing of accepting money from gangsters and from the Togolese government. Not intended for the super serious reader, this book is a fast, fun read
Michael Alan Grapin
Jun 17, 2017 Michael Alan Grapin rated it it was amazing
Comical look at behind the scenes politics during the Clinton Administration as Woodrow Wilson White, democratic senator from Vermont, navigates his way through influence peddling, ethics investigations, infidelities and partisan politics as he seeks his third term in office. Much of the action is very funny and the characters are well developed...I couldn't help but believe that what I was reading was exactly what goes on in Washington and Vermont!
Barry Rocklin
Amusing but now dated tale of a Vermont senator seeking re-election, while being involved with a lesbian wife, mafia masquerading as Vermont maple syrup lobby, lobbyists from the Republic of Togo masquerading as a Tourette's Syndrome awareness group. Meanwhile, a pack of beltway workers who are gay don't know that two in their group is actually not gay at all.



Mel
May 27, 2008 Mel rated it liked it
This was surprisingly funny. I bought the hardcover on sale (waaaay on sale) so I didn't have high hopes. It sat around in my bookcase a few years before I finally decided to give it a shot. It brought back memories of the late '90s Clinton scandals and the beginning of my career in newspapers. I laughed out loud more than once.
Troy
Jan 29, 2016 Troy rated it it was amazing
A book has to be really good for me to read more than once and this one fits that criteria. This is a hilarious look at politics in Washington. I Highly recommend.
Paul Martin
Jan 04, 2013 Paul Martin rated it really liked it
This was a quick read. Very funny and an interesting take on "inside" politics.
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Jul 16, 2012 Dee Scocos rated it really liked it
Shelves: faves
One of funniest books ever!
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Peter Lefcourt is a refugee from the trenches of Hollywood, where he has distinguished himself as a writer and producer of film and television. Among his credits are "Cagney and Lacey," for which he won an Emmy Award; "Monte Carlo," in which he managed to keep Joan Collins in the same wardrobe for 35 pages; the relentlessly sentimental "Danielle Steel's Fine Things," and the underrated and hurried ...more
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