TO LOVE AND CORRUPT by Joseph Viertel


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A Senate Committee investigation exposes to nationwide notoriety some of the base raw materials which make a multimillionaire industrialist out of Joe Naples who graduated from the New York City slums to lay bricks at 13. The whole scaffolding of his life passes in review: his loyalties to old friends; his marriage to gentle, 'Irish Hetty who takes to drinking; his return from the war to capitalize on the biggest home building boom in history; and the bribes, payoffs, kickbacks which will lead to charges of corruption in both union and government circles. Given a chance to make a deal (and not testify) he avoids it, and on the stand- explains away his career in terms of the system which made it possible... A portrait of a warmhearted, loudmouthed roughneck, this achieves most of its effects through its knowledge of the construction business and its command of the vernacular but like its central character is wholly masculine in its appeal. A possible subcontract- reprints.

Pub Date: July 2nd, 1962
Publisher: Random House