Comrade Pug

Look who’s gracing the cover of Christopher Buckley’s latest novel! Well, the pug is an ancient Chinese breed. Here’s a short review from Booklist:

In his latest novel of bull’s-eye political satire, Buckley (Supreme Courtship, 2008) skewers our adversarial yet symbiotic relationship with China, along with the corruption endemic to lobbying, weapons manufacturing, and media spin. Walter “Bird” McIntyre, lobbyist for an aerospace behemoth, is instructed to “whip up . . . anti-Chinese fervor” to help secure government funding for a new secret weapon. Hapless and endearing, Bird divides his time between the condo he calls the Military-Industrial Duplex and the country estate he dubbed Upkeep, home to his equestrian wife, Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother, and freeloading brother Bewks, a Civil War reenactor, while writing egregiously clichéd thrillers. Bring on sexy-scary hawk and neocon Angel Templeton, and Bird is in more trouble than he concocts for his tough-guy heroes. Vicious confrontations break out on Chris Matthews’ Hardball, the Dalai Lama is in peril, and the eminently reasonable president of China can talk with his trusted aide only in the bathroom with the water running full blast to foil their enemies’ listening devices. Buckley balances bayonet humor and tenderness in this canny and diverting send-up. –Donna Seaman


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3 responses to “Comrade Pug

  1. Doesn’t answer the big question–do they eat puppies?

  2. I always liked Christopher Buckley and when I saw this book I new Id be reading it, love your blog by the way

    urban hounds

  3. B Daniels

    Is it true that the emperor of china would throw the pugs from his sleeves like weapons in the BC times ?

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