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O

O

A Presidential Novel

The truth only fiction can tell.

This is a novel about aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public image and self-regard.

The novel includes revealing and insightful portraits of many prominent figures in the political world—some invented and some real.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451625981 | 
  • January 2011
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CHAPTER 1

Another day glided to a pleasant finish as Cal Regan walked the four blocks from his office to Lucille’s Bar and Grill. He let his mind idle for a few minutes to enjoy the fragrant, warm April evening and the scent of the beautiful young woman who brushed by him and smiled when he caught her eye.

At thirty-four, he was impressively accomplished: he’d been a prodigy on Capitol Hill, where in six years he had risen from summer legal intern to chief of staff in the office of a Senate luminary famous for spotting and nurturing political genius; executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign... see more

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