The hellfire club : a novel / Jake Tapper.
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- ISBN: 9780316472319
- ISBN: 031647231X
- Edition: First edition.
Subtitle from dust jacket.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-339).
"Charlie Marder, a World War II veteran and popular academic, is an unlikely congressman. Thrust into office by his power-broker father's connections, Charlie is determined to use his new position for good. He quickly learns, however, that in 1950s Washington, little is as it seems. Struggling to navigate the treacherous waters alongside real-life figures such as President Dwight Eisenhower, Senator John F. Kennedy, and Roy Cohn, Charlie is confronted by a world in the throes of McCarthyism, where no one trusts anyone. His education in the compromising and occasionally illegal ways of Washington makes him question his own ethical compass and the morality of men he admires, including his father. Alongside his pregnant wife, Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own, Charlie struggles to do what is right while learning more about the mysterious circumstances of his predecessor's death. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful politicians and businessmen, a fatal car accident plunges Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a conspiracy that could change the course of history. When Charlie learns too much, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career... but for his life.-- Dust jacket.
|Subject:||Conspiracies > Fiction.
Legislators > United States > Fiction.
Army-McCarthy Controversy, 1954 > Fiction.
Anti-communist movements > United States.
Fathers and sons > Fiction.
United States > Politics and government > 1953-1961 > Fiction.
Citation: Tapper, Jake. "The hellfire club : a novel." New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.