- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Crown (1998)
- ASIN: B0042GZM2E
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Face-Time: A Novel
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The first thing I did after finishing this book was to look for more books by Erik Tarloff, but there are none. I hope to see more by this author soon, whatever the subject.
Published (coincidentallly) around the time of the Monica Lewinsky revelations, it's fictional merits may have been lost in the general scandal, but withstand the test of time. A confrontation between the speechwriting protagonist who's being cuckolded and the feckless President, who quotes Winston Churchill's misbehavior (apparently he was mean to his servants) is classic, as the long-suffering scribe calls him on it....Are you comparing yourself to Winston Churchill?
The book had a keen sense of human failure and rich novelistic detail, which leaves me puzzled about some of the negative responses to it on this site. I guess tastes differ. My hope is that it's re-release in this edition will gain it the wider attention i believe it richly deserves...
Jim Lehrer, Michael Lewis, Larry Gelbart, Judy Woodruff, Gail Sheehy, and Christopher Hitchens should all be ashamed of lending their good names to the promotion of this dreary dreary book, regardless of how good a friend Tarloff or his wife might be. The only one of of the group that came close to the truth in her jacket blurb was Woodruff. If in calling it the "ultimate Washington novel," she's referring to the fact that in D.C, too often who you know is more important than what you know, then she's right on the money.
where he quotes Churchill on the privileges of power,is very nearly persuasive.
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Well-written with a clear understanding of the sexual undertones of politics, while writing dialogue that absolutely "real. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Sam Hartman
Face Time has all the elements of a lurid political potboiler, but it is really more interested in the larger moral questions raised by the intersection of sex, power, and American... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by David
This is a terrific read. Very wise about politics and power, funny, and backed with what seems like genuine first-hand knowledge of the White House world. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by Zachary Leader
This is a wonderful book - great characters, great plot and really, really funny. But also because of the totally convincing inside knowledge the book is fascinating from a... Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by satchel
Moving and compelling story of young love and ambition in Washington. Written with an insider's insights into life at the highest altitudes of political power. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Laura D Tyson
A quick, engaging, smart and fun read. The insider feel and wit of the dialogue is second to none. Buy it.Published on September 30, 2012 by Jane Serlin
I loved this book. Written by a man who knows what he's talking about, it's a real insight into the goings on in US politics and the White House. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by LisaD