America's Prez(?) gets the Horatio Alger treatment as he makes his crooked way from grocer boy to bank assistant to wetback...

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DIRTY TRICKS, or Nick Noxin's Natural Nobility

America's Prez(?) gets the Horatio Alger treatment as he makes his crooked way from grocer boy to bank assistant to wetback smuggler to miraculous escape from a Faustian conflagration that subsumes his often more talented but also more unlucky confreres in crime, in the midst of a touching but somehow deja vu confession: ""For you see, folks. . . I am guilty of abiding faith in the American system of free enterprise. . . ."" From snotty adolescent on up it's requiescat in pace, for by now, it is hoped, we know the rest of the story -- almost. This is a breezy fantasy written in 19th century vintage Americana, replete with words like ""drat"" and ""Squire"" and ""humble,"" a slight but telling satire of all those poor-boy-up-the-ladder-of-success stories which, sadly for both the world and us, sometimes turned out to be true.

Pub Date: Jan. 7, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Liveright

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973