Twelve, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
f you're in need of a good laugh, get yourself a copy of
. What a hoot! Pepper Cartwright, a very popular TV judge, is nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. The opportunity to sit in that august group has Pepper almost speechless. Not enough, though, to keep her tongue from wagging at the most inopportune times. The whole procedure is laughable and at the same time makes one realize that these stellar characters – Supreme Court Justices – are human, just like the rest of us. The plot is just plain fun with some extremely interesting players.
ut – the almighty
– rears its head here as author Christopher Buckley proceeds to satirize Washington and all its political machinations. Several of his footnotes alone are worth the price of the book. In explaining the term
, he says, '
Interrogation technique used by the CIA and IRS.
' He proceeds to take potshots at many offices in Washington that he feels deserve them.
n his previous book
, Buckley showed that nothing in politics is sacred to him. But after the laughter dies down, hard thinking sets in as we realize that he is poking fun at very serious issues that need to be addressed. Are we as a nation so complacent that we allow these travesties to continue? We denigrate our officials in the privacy of our homes but don't demand that things should be corrected. Christopher Buckley brings official misdoings to our attention. We should listen to him. In the meantime, have a good laugh reading
. These days, we sure can use one.
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