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2012/05/08

"They Eat Puppies Don't They?" Political Satirist Writer Delivers Up a Laugh Out Loud Romp Through Washington and Beijing and Beyond

-This is NOT about Obama's eating habits. 

Christopher Buckley on his new book, "They Eat Puppies, Don't They?"

http://youtu.be/73EFh-XUSFM

Buckley aims most of his satirical ammunition at Chinese government officials but also lobs a few shells at the way things happen in the U.S. A top manufacturer fails to get congressional approval of a new weapons system, so he hires lobbyist Walter “Bird” McIntyre to convince Americans they should fear the Chinese. Even with sexy neocon Angel Templeton's help, Bird can't come up with a valid reason to suggest conflict with China is imminent.

Book review: 'They Eat Puppies, Don't They?' by Christopher Buckley | NewsOK.com:


They Eat Puppies, Don't They?: A Novel

In an attempt to gain congressional approval for a top-secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist "Bird" McIntyre teams up with sexy, outspoken neocon Angel Templeton to pit the American public against the Chinese. When Bird fails to uncover an authentic reason to slander the nation, he and Angel put the Washington media machine to work, spreading a rumor that the Chinese secret service is working to assassinate the Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile in China, mild-mannered President Fa Mengyao and his devoted aide Gang are maneuvering desperately against sinister party hard-liners Minister Lo and General Han. Now Fa and Gang must convince the world that the People's Republic is not out to kill the Dalai Lama, while maintaining Fa's small margin of power in the increasingly militaristic environment of the party.

On the home front, Bird must contend with a high-strung wife who entertains Olympic equestrian ambition, and the qualifying competition happens to be taking place in China. As things unravel abroad, Bird and Angel's lie comes dangerously close to reality. And as their relationship rises to a new level, so do mounting tensions between the United States and China--
Buckley is probably best known for “Thank You for Smoking,” his novel that was later made into a successful movie. Like his other books, including “The White House Mess,” “Florence of Arabia” and “No Way to Treat a First Lady,” Buckley — the son of conservative icon William F. Buckley — has become almost by default the satirical bard of Washington, D.C.

Review: They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? | Bookish | a Chron.com blog:


The chief protagonist of the tale is defense lobbyist and aspiring novelist Walter “Bird” McIntyre. Bird’s big aerospace client assigns him a secret mission to whip up anti-China fervor after a Senate panel rejects funding for Dumbo, the company’s new armed-to-the-teeth predator drone that’s as big as a jumbo jet.

Working with blond, miniskirted neocon Angel Templeton of the Institute for Continuing Conflict, Bird floats the idea of starting a rumor that the Chinese tried to poison the Dalai Lama. With the Tibetan holy man reported to be in a Rome hospital with a deadly illness, speculation turns to whether the Beijing regime will allow him, or his remains, to return to his native land.

Review: Satirist Buckley’s laugh-out-loud novel takes aim at relations between US and China - The Washington Post:


Tension between the U.S. and China mounts as their navies are poised for battle in the East China Sea. Chinese frigates are sent to intercept a U.S. surveillance ship, the Rumsfeld, with "dozens of U.S. and Chinese fighters circling overhead, hissing at each other like high-tech geese." Meanwhile, China's president, whose nickname, "Cool Limpidity," reflects his equable temperament, faces a challenge from hard-liners in the Politburo Standing Committee while he and America's national security adviser struggle to prevent a war.

Even as Bird makes mischief from the Military-Industrial Duplex, as he refers to his condo near the Pentagon, he faces trouble on a second front from wife Myndi, who resides at their home in the Virginia horse country while attempting to qualify for the U.S. equestrian team. Its competition for the Tang Cup is to be held inChina, adding another layer of complications for her beleaguered husband.

Review: Satirist Buckley's laugh-out-loud novel takes aim at relations between US and China - Daily Journal:


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