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The Librarian: A Novel by Larry Beinhart

The Librarian: A Novel (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Larry Beinhart

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Title:The Librarian: A Novel
Authors:Larry Beinhart
Info:Nation Books (2004), Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:2011-08, fiction, politics, politicians, library, librarian, loc, library of congress, conservative, conspiracy, presidency, election, elections, fraud, campaign, bush, homeland security, rich, super-rich, business, america, american, donations, corruption

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The Librarian by Larry Beinhart (2004)

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Synopsis:David Goldberg is a university librarian who, because of falling salaries and the likelihood of having his position cut, begins working for a billionaire who wants to preserve his place in history by developing a library of his personal papers. (think presidential library). While this seems innocuous enough, the job puts David at risk as well as exposing him to some of the most powerful politicos in the US.
Review: Written somewhat in the style of Carl Hiaasen, it has neither the subtly nor humor that is a hallmark of Hiaasen. Based on current political hijinks, the book doesn't even get interesting until chapter 27, then moves at a fairly good pace until the last chapter which is less than lame. ( )
  DrLed | Jul 13, 2014 |
Well it is about a librarian, and there's a few (but just a few) insights into the life and thinking of those folk who live and breath books and archives. But not enough to make this much different from a thousand other political thrillers. It'd make a great movie, but it's no more than a 'good' book. It might be a hit amongst mild-mannered librarians though... Recommended as entertainment, if you like that sort of thing. ( )
  nandadevi | Dec 1, 2013 |
A political thriller with pleasant satirical overtones. A very pleasant surprise. ( )
  dupontmorand | Mar 17, 2012 |
This book was INSANELY over the top. But that's not always a bad thing. The story has a great start, but I felt the plot was rushed by the end. I guess the librarian in me wished for more talk of the collection he was archiving, but I don't see how that would have helped the slow-progressing plot.

Crazy stereotypical secret agents aside, the book did make a valuable point about the detriments of overabundant information sources:
"In the information age there is so much information that sorting and focus and giving the appropriate weight to anything have become incredibly difficult. Then some fact, or event, or factoid mysteriously captures the world's attention and there's a media frenzy [...] And everybody in the world knows everything about it. On the flip side are the Fog Facts, important things that nobody seems able to focus on any more than they can focus on a single droplet in the mist. They are known, but not known." (63)

My verdict: Good intent, not so good execution. ( )
  BeccaStarr | Sep 2, 2011 |
v funny & articulate, plot to steal presidential election ( )
  annaflbak | Oct 25, 2008 |
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It begins so innocently when Goldberg starts moonlighting for an eccentric, aging conservative billionaire whose final wish is to leave behind a memorial library about himself. But the most memorable thing about him is a secret that must never be revealed. He is part of a plot to steal the presidential election if it appears that Augustus Winthrop Scott - a character who will remind you of the Republican you love the most or love to hate the most - seems likely to lose the next election. It's one of those moments when knowledge is a dangerous thing and a little knowledge is even more dangerous, and the men with the guns want to kill the fellow indexing the archives. (cover blurb)
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The author of American Hero (later made into the film Wag the Dog) follows university librarian David Goldberg as he begins a side job as a conservative activist, a position that lands him in hot water with a conspiratorial clique of wealthy right-wingers who want him gone. Original.… (more)

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