"As Kathryn J. McGarr skillfully shows, Strauss, now 93, was a vivid personality when on the stage, and fun to read about. But people like Strauss also have had a unique role in American public life, which is important to understand, and extends McGarr's book beyond one man's story."
The Dallas Morning News, October 14, 2011
"The book is especially good in conveying the full scope of Strauss' ambitions and his successes, from FBI agent during World War II to his four decades as a Washington powerhouse."
"Can you imagine the current chairman of the Republican Party being asked to secretly advise President Obama? Me neither. But when Nancy Reagan called Strauss, patriotism trumped partisanship. From Stamford, Texas, to the Kremlin, McGarr takes us along with Strauss on one hell of a ride." -- Paul Begala
The Weekly Standard, October 3, 2011
“Kathryn McGarr brings sprightly writing and strong narrative drive to her tale, which represents a valuable contribution to the ledger of Washington life in the waning decades of the 20th century….Throughout his quarter-century on the Washington scene, Strauss clearly was a man of his time and milieu: more powerful than many, more effective than most, and more amusing and heartwarming than just about anybody. He operated in a time that is long gone now, but well worth remembering.”
The Hill, September 17, 2011
“A fascinating and well-written book about one of the most interesting — and, yes, important — figures on the national political landscape in the last third of the 20th century.”
The Washington Examiner
“McGarr has done extensive research, writes gracefully and does not shy away from critical judgments about her subject….This is a fine book which puts into print many facts and stories which might otherwise be lost—an excellent contribution to history.”