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The buzzards Hardcover – 1969
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The buzzards are the birds whose entrails give the answers to our questions and of course they are also the politicians who profit by the signs, who pick the bones of their supposed loved one and of the populace who vote for them.
What is so frightening about this book is is timeliness (as well as its timelessness). Burroway captures those smooth, caring, deep-throated tones of compassion that our modern politicians do so well. She renders this "compassionate conversation" as a cover for blind ambition, the sweet words coming from the politician's mouth even as he consents to his daughter's murder. One can hear Reagan, Bush, Clinton's voices; and one can hear and see the effects of blind ambition as the candidate makes himself not see what his right hand is doing.