Advise and Consent

by Allen Drury
List(s):"Carp 500"
Category: "Fiction - General"
Year of Publication:1959
Date Read:02/19/1999
Notes:An ailing Republican President appoints a controversial liberal, Robert A. Leffingwell, to be the new Secretary of State. Conservatives in the Republican Senate mobilize quickly to oppose him. Brigham Anderson of Utah in charge of the select committee. Anderson is one of the Senate's rising stars, thoughtful, decent and well liked. Many Senators are disturbed by Leffingwell's views, which lean towards appeasement of the Soviet Union. But what really blows the lid off of the hearings is the testimony of a government bureaucrat, that he and Leffingwell were part of a nascent Communist cell some years before. The President recruits a demagogic Democrat named Fred Van Ackerman, and they use an unfortunate incident from Anderson's past to try and blackmail him.
My Rating: 8

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