January 2, 2011

Primary Colors by Joe Klein

Title:  Primary Colors
Author:  Joe Klein (originally published under Anonymous)
Format:  HC
Pages:  366
Genre:  Political Fiction
Publisher:  Random House, 1996
ISBN-13:  978-0679448594
Series:  Stand Alone

Favorite Quote:  "And you said, 'No.  Our job is to END all that.  Our job is to make it clean.  Because if it's clean, we win -- because our ideas are better.'  You remember that, Jack?"

Synopsis (Amazon):  A brilliant and penetrating look behind the scenes of modern American politics, Primary Colors is a funny, wise, and dramatic story with characters and events that resemble some familiar, real-life figures. When a former congressional aide becomes part of the staff of the governor of a small Southern state, he watches in horror, admiration, and amazement, as the governor mixes calculation and sincerity in his not-so-above-board campaign for the presidency.

Review:  Most times, the movie isn't as good as the book.  I think, in this instance, the movie is better.  However, the book is quite good.  My favorite character, by far, is the incredible, slightly-deranged, outspoken Libby Holden.  Even though I knew the storyline, it held my interest and was just the right mix of funny, sad and disturbing.  This is not my usual choice of genre, but I'm really glad I read it.

Rating:  3 / 5

1 comment:

  1. It doesnt really sound liek my sort of book, but it does sound interisting.


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