The Scandal Plan and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Usually ships within 11 to 12 days.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Scandal Plan, The has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by owlsbooks
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Book is used, fast shipping and great customer service.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Scandal Plan, The Hardcover – May 13, 2008


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$24.95
$0.01 $0.01


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

An earnest presidential hopeful's campaign staff invents a sex scandal in Folman's slick debut. After Machiavellian campaign manager Thomas Campman hears a voice telling him that sin will make his struggling candidate, Sen. Ben Phillips, human, Campman convinces Ben and his fellow advisers that having the candidate admit to a made-up, decades-old affair will endear him to the masses. Though the plan energizes the campaign and boosts Ben's image, it also puts a strain on Ben's marriage, and after other women begin claiming in the press to have had affairs with Ben, the ruse threatens to end in ruin. Though the novel takes a while to find its footing, Folman does a great job of constructing a funny, fast-paced story with plenty of texture. Side plots involving a young ambitious reporter and Campman's driver are neatly folded into the main goings-on, and it's especially enjoyable to chart Ben's transformation from flustered novice to confident charmer, even as his new persona begins to take him over the edge. The lackluster early chapters may thwart readers looking for a biting political satire, but those willing to stay the course will be greatly rewarded. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Bill Folman has enjoyed a brief career as a theater actor, directed a few short films, earned a few degrees, and spent countless hours shouting at the evening news. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles, where he writes books and screenplays.

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 21%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Choose Your Own Autobiography
Step right into Neil Patrick Harris's shoes in an exciting, interactive autobiography that places the reader squarely in the driver's seat. Learn more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr; 1 edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006144765X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061447655
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,274,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
14
4 star
5
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 20 customer reviews
This book was fast and easy to read.
C. Thilmany
This was a pleasure to read - very well written, humorous, and enjoyable political satire.
Andrea S. Rosner
The plot moves well with interesting, well developed characters.
R. Peyrebrune

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While untold miles of paragraphs have been written about the upcoming presidential election and the aspiring candidates it's doubtful that any are more edgy, more entertaining than those found in Bill Folman's debut novel The Scandal Plan.

Take a picture perfect candidate, and he is picture perfect, ".....standing on the podium with his spine at attention, the late afternoon sun picking out the orange highlights in his graying head of hair." Problem is Senator Benjamin Phillips, Democrat from Oklahoma, is just too perfect. His credentials are unassailable - he memorized the capitals of every nation in the fourth grade, was active in student politics, Vietnam veteran, Oxford, Harvard Law, and the U.S. Senate. He has worked for the White House all of his life and now with less than three months before the election an AP poll shows him 20 points behind the president.

He's beleaguered by a major political gaff - in Nashville he called barbecued pulled pork on a bun his favorite sandwich when five months prior he had called a New York City pastrami on rye his favorite sandwich. This has become a major scandal - Sandwich-Gate, if you will. Poor Ben doesn't know how to deal with this. The issue worsens when he tries "to have it both ways, claiming that while pulled pork was his favorite hot sandwich, pastrami was his favorite cold one." Oh-oh, another gaff when all know that pastrami is usually hot.

What can be done to save Ben's dream of holding the highest office in the land? Enter Thomas Campman, political advisor extra ordinaire, who believes he can restart Ben's campaign by creating a false scandal. Ben would no longer be picture perfect when people learn that he had once been unfaithful to his wife.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles Castell on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Loved it! Really funny and clever. A well crafted satire of the absurdity of how to win political popularity in America. Even though the story is fictitious, there were some really well thought out moments, such as how the ramifications of certain events would play out.

The book makes a really insightful point about how important authenticity is in the White House race - something you can argue that because of which a lot of other Premiers come into favour...Tony Blair, to take one example.

I especially loved the making-fun-of-the-US-media theme. And, also just like when you watch Jon Stewart, you are aware of how much the author is frustrated with, and worried about, how no one really cares about political issues, and in this case how important the effect of being authentic is on the public.

But instead of getting annoyed with the fact that politics has now become the 'third estate' and current general political apathy, Folman just laughs about it and makes up a silly story - something reminiscent of Douglas Adams.

I kept thinking 'this would be a great film' all the way (something I'm sure he wrote with in mind). Definitely looking forward to the next one. Maybe it will be a story about a race of beings who find the perfect democracy...?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Thilmany TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thomas Campman, the campaign manager for the democratic presidential candidate, gets hit in the head with an idea while sitting on the toilet, believing he's received a message from God. Ben Phillips has been preparing for the role of president his entire life. He's got an impressive resume, a great deal of public service under his belt and truly believes in what he's fighting for. The problem is he's so clean that the public can't relate to him. Thomas believes what's needed to make Ben seem more human is to invent a small scandal in Ben's past.

The results are funny as a good idea snowballs out of control in this witty page-turner.

It's difficult to believe that this is the author's first book. It's totally out of the genre I normally read, but I will definitely be looking for future books. The chapters don't run on, the characters are interesting, the story flows well, there's plenty of humor, and yet it is suspenseful in that you never know what's going to happen next. This book was fast and easy to read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Flato on August 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Scandal Plan, Bill Folman's debut novel, is a masterpiece! It's funny, witty, fast-moving, intelligent, edgy, current, and a great read. Just in time for the fall election, The Scandal Plan pokes fun at the absurd reality of presidential elections and the media coverage of them. It doesn't matter if you're a conservative or a liberal, a Democrat or a Republican, a fan of Hannity or a fan of Colmes, this book is for everyone who has a sense of humor about politics. It's an intelligent satire that's just plain fun to read.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By frank c. on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book even though the cover makes it appear to be a very light read. While it is a book you can breeze through,it was very well
written and the story had a bit more heft to it than I expected. It is
definitley a political satire, and it makes some very good points about the current environment as we approach a presidential election year. If you listen to the current rhetoric on the campaign trail, you would find
a lot of it is similar to what is written in this book. A fun read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews