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The White House Mess by Christopher Buckley

The White House Mess (edition 1995)

by Christopher Buckley

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Title:The White House Mess
Authors:Christopher Buckley
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1995), Paperback, 256 pages
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Overall, the White House Mess is an enjoyable political satire pretending wearing the mask of a political memoir. The context would have probably been appreciated more at the time of its original publishing, but Buckley skewers timeless characteristics of politics--governmental and inter-office. Buckley fully inhabits the voice of Herb Wadlough even in the Acknowledgements stating, "I should also thank Christopher Buckley, who rendered editorial assistance in the preparation of the manuscript." The wordplay is smart, and the narrator is ever self-conscious of the political memoir genre to the point where he admits to have written it for the money.

I definitely would recommend this book for fans of Buckley. If you have yet to read any of his work, I would start with a more contemporary work. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
Not even close to Buckley's best book, but still a great read. ( )
  ohsillytwigg | Jun 30, 2013 |
The White House Mess, Buckley's first novel, is not quite as sharp and not quite as funny as Boomsday and Florence of Arabia. The ludicrous political situation is there (revolution in Bermuda), but I just didn't laugh out loud at this one. All the same, if you're in the mood for political satire and you've already gone through a bunch of other Buckleys, this one isn't a bad choice. ( )
  bexaplex | Aug 19, 2011 |
A pastiche of "political insider" memoirs, set in a comically inept post-Reagan administration. It's nice as far as it goes - there's a couple of nicely Pooterish sections - but a lot of it just misses the mark and falls flat. Also, Buckley falls prey to the idea that in a comic novel, everyone needs an elaborately silly name. (I get quite irritated by this, sometimes.)

It's an early novel, and it shows. Skip it.
  generalising | Jun 17, 2009 |
Evidently Buckley’s first novel, a pseudo-memoir written by a senior staffer of a disastrous, post-Reagan democratic presidency. It had some funny moments, but either it has not aged well, or it lacks the cohesion of Buckley’s more recent satires. ( )
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At 11:48 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 1989, the heavy iron gates of the White House grounds swung open and moments later the President-elect's motorcade drew drew to a halt beneath the North Portico.
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An hilarious tale of the rise and fall of the fictional presidential administration that succeeds Ronald Reagan in 1988.

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