Fellow Travelers

Fellow Travelers

Book - 2007
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Historical novel about the competing claims of faith, love, and politics during the McCarthy era. Washington, D.C., early 1950s: a world of bare-knuckled ideology, hard drinking, and secret dossiers, dominated by such outsized characters as Richard Nixon, Drew Pearson, Perle Mesta, and Joe McCarthy. Timothy Laughlin, recent Fordham graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism, meets a handsome, profligate State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leading to Tim's first job and--after Fuller's advances--his first love affair. Now, as McCarthy mounts an increasingly desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on "sexual subversives" in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives. The novel moving between the Senate Office Building and the Washington Evening Star, the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO's front line in Europe, energized by political drama, unexpected humor and heartbreak.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2007]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780375423482
0375423486
Branch Call Number: FIC MALL
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 25 cm

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mittens_1
Jan 16, 2020

Sounds Almost like “ advise & consent “ by Alan Drury

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Loge99
Jan 14, 2020

The story becomes tiresome because the author is trying too hard to put it in a historical perspective. It could be reduced in length by half and it would be just as good. A bit unbelievable story that as profligate as the main character is that he didn't get aids. Using marriage as a cover is indicative of a user/abuser. That it should be used as an opera is very puzzling. Dull read, actually.

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rpavlacic
Mar 31, 2016

A fictitious look at the 1950s when the only worse thing than to be accused of being a Communist is to be accused (rightly or wrongly) of being homosexual. This book isn't so much historical fiction as it is erotic fiction and libraries on the Bibliocommons network should reclassify it as such. It is definitely not appropriate for younger people.

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Mar 31, 2016

rpavlacic thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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