"Mallon extends his sharp-eyed fictional exegesis of real-life American politics (Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years, 2015, etc.) into George W. Bush's second term. Marvelously detailed, often darkly funny, as informative as it is entertaining. Mallon may well be the 21st century's Anthony Trollope."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“[A] scintillating comic epic of politics . . . sit back, chuckle and laugh aloud at a feast of catty lines that evoke zinger-rich films like ‘The Women’ and ‘All About Eve’ . . . Literate levity . . . Mallon follows his troupe across thousands of miles, capturing what happens with rapier wit . . . Mallon focuses on character, and to great effect. Drawn with insight and sometimes compassion, they are not caricatures.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“In this stealth bull’s-eye of a political novel, Thomas Mallon invests the Watergate affair with all the glitter, glamour, suave grace and subtlety that it doesn’t often get. His cleverly counterintuitive ‘Watergate’ even has the name-dropping panache of a Hollywood tell-all . . . [a] fine, boisterous historical tableau . . . The book is laced together so seamlessly that it’s impossible to be sure where the reality leaves off and the fabricating begins.” —The New York Times
"Some of the most lucid prose in contemporary American literature . . . [Mallon's] best book yet."
--Los Angeles Times