Lust Takes The White House

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
"A callous mogul tries his hand at politics and uses his undue influence to get a former governor elected president ... The novel has a frank tone and a clear style that feels comfortably old-fashioned...A solid story of political warfare made doubly compelling by the dubious hero leading the charge."

-Kirkus Review, March 7, 2012

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Words: 96,730
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466064539
About Benson Grayson

Benson Grayson served as a Foreign Service Officer of the State Department and then covered Washington, D.C. political and economic affairs as a reporter. He is the author of six published books on history and foreign affairs, including "Soviet Intentions and American Options in the Middle East," published by the National Defense University in 1982.

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Review by: Matt Kelland on Dec. 02, 2011 :
"It's fun being involved in a Presidential campaign, even one as screwed up as this one."

This is the kind of political satire I really enjoy. It had me grinning all the way through, with more than the occasional out-loud chuckle, but underneath it all you know there's more than a grain of truth. Policies mean nothing except a way to get votes. "Will it work? Probably not, but who cares?" The protagonists lie, they cheat, and they'll resort to any dirty tactics to get elected. Political appointments are given out for campaign contributions. And the only thing they actually care about is getting a tame President who'll pass legislation so their companies make more money. Is it any wonder that everything's so screwed up?

The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that the book could really use some editing. There were an irritating number of typos and punctuation mistakes - that big building in Washington is the Capitol, not the Capital, for example. The Kindle version opened on chapter 2. All this could be easily remedied, though, and doesn't take away from the fact that this is an amusing, entertaining, and provocative book.

In the current political climate, this will strike a chord with many.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Christina Pope on Nov. 30, 2011 :
"...by using the three B’s (bribery, bullying and blackmail)..." This phrase accurately sums up this excellent book. I will honestly say that I attempt to avoid anything political, even fiction, at all costs but I made an exception to this fantastic book. Grayson has created a story that will immediately draw you in and not let you go until the very end. I believe this book to be well researched and is definitely for the intelligent reader. This book takes you on the journey of Melvin Schultz and his dealings with Robert "Buck" Porter and his conniving wife, Tammy. Every single character plays a vital role in this and every page draws you closer to the much anticipated conclusion. The plot of this book is so original and creative I must say that this is definitely a highly recommended 5-star read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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