The White House Mess

The White House Mess

by Christopher Buckley


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At last, a White House reminiscence that pulls no punches! Herbert Wadlough, personal assistant to President N. Tucker (TNT), offers his unique and utterly self-serving inside view of the historic years 1989-1993 of the ill-fated Tucker administration, in which he played such a crucial role. From the inauguration crisis—when President Reagan refused to vacate the White House—to the epochal War on Bermuda, to the delicate negotiations (sexual, for the most part) between the President and his First Lady, Wadlough gives an account that is open, honest, and hilarious.  
“This is the best piece of American political satire in years.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“This is a brilliant satire.... A witty, very funny, intricate spoof. Buckley gives new meaning to the phrase “He’ll never work again in politics.’”—Bob Woodward

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140249286
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christopher Buckley is an American novelist and political satirist known for writing Supreme CourtshipBoomsday, and Thank You for Smoking. He is editor at large of ForbesLife magazine, and was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence. Buckley lives on the Acela train between Washington, DC, and New York City.

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The White House Mess 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed from the opening to the last chapter. I loved the story being in the form of the journal of the deputy aide to the president. His point of view of the goings-on, both in and out of the media spotlight are wonderful. I especially enjoyed the dealings with the President's young son, nicknamed Firecracker (?) because of the stunts he pulls in the White House, often involving his hamster, and the First Lady, who was a former 'film' starlet. And President Carter thought it was tough having Billy as a brother...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Christopher Buckley is the ultimate satirist, telling the story of fictional President Tucker's 'TNT's' ill-fated presidential term, which gets off to a difficult start from day one when President Reagan doesn't feel like moving out on innauguration today and simply refuses to get out of his pajamas. It's all downhill from there, and Herbert Wadlough, devoted and naive assistant to the President shares the ups and downs of working for the most powerful man in the world. I'll read ALL Buckley's books!
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The White House Mess, Buckley's first novel, is not quite as sharp and not quite as funny as Boomsday and Florence of Arabia. The ludicrous political situation is there (revolution in Bermuda), but I just didn't laugh out loud at this one. All the same, if you're in the mood for political satire and you've already gone through a bunch of other Buckleys, this one isn't a bad choice.
ryvre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The White House Mess is witty, but not nearly as witty as Little Green Men or Thank You For Smoking. It's slow moving, and it feels longer than it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You featured this as NEW !!! and perhaps this soft cover version was, but the original book was from the l980s. Hardly NEW !!! and AND AND !!! The print is sooooo small we cannot begin to read it !!! I hope to bring it back and exchange it for something legible. Bad on ya !!!
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