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The White House Mess Paperback – May 1, 1995
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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About the Author
Buckley is the author of eleven books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, and Florence of Arabia. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages, including Russian and Korean.
Top Customer Reviews
The belly laughing had begun by paragraph 5 of the prologue, and I was unable to put this book down. I read the entire book in two sittings, and I have to say that I haven't laughed so hard or so well in a long, long time.
I was genuinely concerned that the book would be just another politics-driven piece of thinly disguised propoganda for one "side" or the other, but it was, instead, a refreshing and silly poke at government in general. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this book is a good poke at <i>people</i> in general.
I loved every page of <u>The White House Mess,</u> and I recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone looking for a good chuckle.
Buckley is not just amusing, but often insightful. While the events of the book are absurd, the characters are often all too realistic. A must-read for Buckley fans, and highly recommended for anyone else.
Unfairly or not, Clinton hangs over Buckley's satire and, what originally might have seemed as a simple farce, is now tinged with a certain bittersweet feel. You still laugh but its no longer a what-will-he-say-next laugh as much as its a laugh of I-Can't-Believe-This-Actually-Happened.Read more ›
Are these real life situations or just possibilities ?
Just like his father, Christopher finds the right tone and the right sense of humor to make fun of our politicians.
Mr. Buckley please keep writing and amuse us. We need it in today's political environment.
Great book , and as always very well written.
The White House Mess was written and published during the Reagan Administration, after (or perhaps during) Buckley's turn as chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush. The book masquerades as a White House memoir - a send-up of life inside the White House that focuses on the travails of the First Famly and on the high stakes feuds among their staff. The plot revolves around an old-fashioned Marxist-Leninist coup in Bermuda, the First Son's missing hamster, a young First Lady who aches to become a Hollywood star again, a parody of a weak-kneed and wholly unsuited Democratic President, and a collection of snobs, misfits, and alcoholics who, somehow, manage to hold down jobs in the White House. Oh, and by the way: the title refers to the dining facilities, which are called the "mess" because they're run by the Navy.
If the foregoing paragraph hints that The White House Mess is a parody of Democratic politics, consider that hint confirmed here. Buckley, son of William F.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A funny, funny book - a sort of West Wing with funnier characters. I get the feeling some actual people appear in these pages under assumed names . . .Published 3 months ago by Beverly Wilcox
i just did not like the book, and lost interest after an hour.Published 6 months ago by painterdave
Yes I could lay the book down which is great if you like to sleep. Picking the book back up was a joy each time as I could pick resume my space in the picture. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karen L. Ruiz
I first read this when it came out almost 30 years ago and have reread it a few times since, always at home rather than in public because it never fails to make me burst out... Read morePublished 14 months ago by William P. Warford
Very funny story. Great use of present day news to create and great story line.Published 15 months ago by Big Mac
This is a not very original and cliche writing effort by Mr. Buckley. The book is saved by his great writing style but is missing his wit and the belly laughs from his other... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Brian J Reynolds
A good, fast, read... and in the usual Buckley vein; BUT, the paperback binding is cheap... the front pages were falling out by the time I got to chapter 3.Published 22 months ago by FSB_MC