A savage and hilarious satire of US political life.
In an attempt to gain Congressional approval for a top secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist "Bird" McIntyre and sexy Neo-Con wonkette Angel Templeton start a rumour that the Chinese secret service is trying to assassinate the Dalai Lama. Their outrageous scheme provokes a series of crises involving the White House, the CIA, and a strangely sympathetic and vulnerable Chinese president, with both countries veering perilously towards war.
Buckley has drawn his most convincing and outrageous characters to date: Bird, failed novelist of amusingly awful Clancy-esque thrillers; Angel, combination Anne Coulter and Ayn Rand; Bird's demanding, equestrian wife, Myndi; Bewks, his feckless but endearing Civil War re-enactor brother; the mild-mannered Chinese President Fa and his devoted aide Gang, manoeuvring desperately against sinister Politburo hard-liners Minister Lo and General Han.
Blending the skewering genius of Thank You For Smoking with Dr. Strangelove's dark comedy, They Eat Puppies Don't They? has something to offend -- and amuse -- everyone.
Praise for Christopher Buckely:
"One of the funniest writers in the English language." Tom Wolfe.
"A Benchley with WordPerfect." John Updike.
"An effervescent joy." Joseph Heller.
an up-to-the-minute satire. - Sunday Times
a brilliant satire. - Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year
... a brilliant satire on neo-cons and the American foreing policy 'community'. Arms manufacturers, an Institute for Continuing Conflict, the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Politburu are among the targets. - Irish Sunday Indpendent
A hilarious and page-turning story of political absurdity worthy of Dr. Strangelove himself. - The Daily Beast
Each of his novels may be light as air, but bit by bit they're building up into a significant social portrait, the beginnings of a vast Comedie-Washingtonienne . . . At a time of high political absurdity, Buckley remains our sharpest guide to the capital, and amore serious one than we may suppose. - New York Times Book Review
Hilarious . . . full of wry observations on the follies of Washington high life. What makes it laugh-out-loud funny is Buckley's sense of how little you have to exaggerate to make Washington seem absurd. - New York Daily News
The quintessential political novelist of our time. - Fortune
As Jon Stewart proves, Washington is an easy target to satirize with its hypocrisy, ego-powered politicians and endless hot-air emissions. What sets Buckley apart is his ability to mock Washington yet convey a genuine admiration for many of its residents . . . Buckley remains hilarious. - USA Today
Christopher Buckley, "the quintessential political novelist of his time" according to Fortune magazine, is the winner of the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor. Tom Wolfe has described him as "one of the funniest writers in the English language."
Buckley is the author of twelve books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, Florence of Arabia, and the memoir Losing Mum and Pup.