THE PRESIDENTIAL PLOT by Stanley Johnson

THE PRESIDENTIAL PLOT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Have you ever noticed the dandruff on the heads of state? Watched a Secretary of Inferior in action? Wondered how many counterfeit bills passed through the House? Here are Mr. Johnson's jaundiced and jaunty views on the situation. This is the story of Hersch Feldman, ""a built in idea man, a one man Rand,"" aide to that marvel of southern manhood. President Ellsworth Barnes. It's Feldman who suggests the perfect running mate: since Barnes is a southern white hawk, why not tag Mohammed ""Panther"" Jones, black militant pacificist? Something for the whole family. The combination clicks of course but then Feldman becomes involved in some C.I.A. shenanigans. They've decided that they are going to get the blame for the Vietnam mismanagement and they want out. Their plot against the President is singularly ingenious... no rough stuff but it does involve blackmailing the entire Cabinet and literally lousing up the space program. Everyone takes a pratfall in this burlesque, even the Bobbsey twins of news reporting so give it a Vietnamination for a laughternoon. Goodnight Chet.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1968
Publisher: Simon & Schuster