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Bad Publicity

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  20 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In the twilight of the Reagan era, as prospects appear brighter than ever for a Democratic restoration, the lawyers, lobbyists, advisers and socialites of Washington are looking ahead -- but over their shoulders, too. With good reason.
Charlie Dingleman, a former congressman, has gotten a tantalizing job offer that could rescue him from the drudgery of lawyering. But he's
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 7th 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published December 30th 2003)
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Feb 14, 2008 Elaine rated it liked it
Recommends it for: D.C. residents, political junkies
Recommended to Elaine by: some New Yorker writer
Shelves: recentreads
This starts off as a funny portrait of several different and very recognizable Washington types: the unrecognized think-tank wonk, the ambitious young attorney, the underwhelming hack former Congressman, the star struck PR girl, etc. Unfortunately, it gets just a little too outlandish at the end as it tries to weave these archetypes into a compelling story.
Nov 04, 2009 Billy rated it liked it
"There are (virtually) no humans in Washington D.C." is probably a good way to sum up this political/media satire. Enjoyed some very funny dry lines sprinkled throughout, but the delusional self-regard of nearly all the characters gave me a vaguely sick feeling for the week I was reading this.
Jun 28, 2007 Steven rated it really liked it
Story set in Washington during the months leading up to the 1988 presidential election. Lots of intrigue and inside thoughts on the world that is/was Washington D.C. in the late 1980s.
May 03, 2008 Pooch rated it liked it
Set in DC
Newspaper columnist, power brokers
Humor to deflate individual pomposity
Cleverly written with tongue firmly in cheek
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