Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I Don't Just Sit Around and Read....

....but I finished reading "Tucker's Last Stand", a Vietnam-era thriller by William F. Buckley, Jr. This author, who passed away a couple of years ago, was a legendary writer of non-fiction, a political and social commentator, a TV personality and much more. Almost as a lark, it seems, he dashed off a series of spy thrillers of the Cold War period. A typical story of the genre, with attractive but one dimensional characters; I kept thinking the book would have made a fine adult-style comic book, with a nice graphic presentation. Set in 1964, with real life political figures among the cast of characters: there is an unforgettable image of Lyndon Johnson conducting a meeting with aides from the White House swimming pool.

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