NOBODY'S FOOL by Charles Yale Harrison


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Holt's lead on the fall lists, this- which gives the pitch on the dubious procedures in the public relations field- is more than a little reminiscent of The Hucksters. Maybe a little less smart, a little more inhibited, this still manages a fairly bright boy appeal in its demonstration of the operations of Jefferson Clarke & Associates, particularly associate John Sherrod who gave up newspaper work and a conscience for money. This concentrates on the fairly fancy finagle whereby, to clear a metal magnate of a senatorial smear, they come up with a project on the ""common man"", trade their common man idea to the investigating senator, find a gimmick in Alan Barbour, a boy from Missouri, who is campaigned from coast to coast as America's common man. But it is Diana, whom Sherrod had once loved, who is vindicated when Barbour proves that the common man is nobody's fool, leaves Jefferson Clarke & Assoc. to clear their way out of a hot spot, Sherrod to square his conscience... The hopped up world of smart cookies and sucker schemes, given fairly dexterous disillusionment and providing astringent amusement.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1948
Publisher: Henry Holt