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No Way to Treat a First Lady | [Christopher Buckley]

No Way to Treat a First Lady

On trial for assassinating her husband, the President of the United States, Beth MacMann hires an old flame from law school as her defense attorney. In this hilarious send-up of both politicos and lawyers, Buckley reestablishes himself as one of today's premiere satirists.
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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, the First Lady of the United States, has been charged with killing her philandering husband, the President of the United States. In the midst of a bedroom spat, she allegedly hurled a historic Paul Revere spittoon at him, with tragic results. The attorney general has no choice but to put the First Lady on trial for assassination.

The media has never warmed to Beth MacMann (her nickname in the tabloids is "Lady Bethmac"), and as America girds for a scandalous, sensational trial, Beth reaches out to the only defense attorney she trusts, Boyce "Shameless" Baylor, who charges $1,000 an hour and has represented a Who's Who of scoundrels: terrorists, inside traders, politicians, mobsters, blackmailers, toxic-waste dumpers, drug dealers, even fellow lawyers.

Why Boyce Baylor? Because Beth loved him once, when they were law students. Boyce wanted to marry her, but Beth chose the future President instead. Now, after all these years, Boyce has a second chance. To what lengths will a shameless lawyer go to win the Trial of the Millennium and regain the love of his life?

Buckley has been described by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as "one of the best and surest political humorists in America" and by Entertainment Weekly as "a superb writer of politically incorrect satire." No Way to Treat a First Lady is flat-out hilarious. And furthermore, it's a love story for our time.

Don't miss Christopher Buckley, Steve Martin, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.

©2002 Christopher Taylor Buckley; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The political humor is first-rate as usual, as Buckley has plenty of fun with the slimy, silly mess that is Beltway politics...should keep Buckley on the A list of American satirists." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unspeakably and endlessly funny. Unless you're a former president....Wicked humorist Buckley shoots fish in a barrel and makes them dance." (Kirkus, Starred Review)

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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-02-03
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-02-03 Member Since 2002

    I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

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    "Excellent Word Play"

    Chris Buckley's No Way To Treat A First Lady is an excellent example of a book with technical flaws that can be easily forgiven because the storytelling is so good and the dialog so great. Starting with a fun premise and expanding outward to a terrific conclusion, the book moves along at a breakneck pace. Be careful about listening while driving. My wife and I listened while driving to Alabama and ran off the road twice we were laughing so hard. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 07-16-03
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    "Funny, Engaging and Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    I have been an Audible Member for over 6 years now and have listened to over 300 books. This is definitely one of my top 3 favorites. Expertly read and very engaging. You will definitely not be disappointed with the witty banter and fast story line. I even stayed up till 1 AM one night just to finish listening to the book.

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    Patricia Fishers, IN, USA 01-02-03
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    "The Entertainment of the Millennium!"

    What a spectacular book! Witty, seductive, and wonderfully entertaining-- I loved every minute of it.

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    "I could not stop listening"

    I listen while traveling in traffic. This book is so hilariously intriguing , that I found it hard to pause and go to work - so I finished it in the parking garage, wiping my tears and two hours late for my first appointment

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    "Very light, fun, leave critical thinking behind"

    I enjoyed the book. I like "lawyer/courtroom" drama. I also have a pretty good imagination, so I could let my critical side let go of the "What?!?" aspects of this book and just enjoy it. And I mostly did. It's fairly light and rather fun. Even the fairly dark parts don't need to be taken very seriously. The narrator did an excellent job, handling both the male and female characters very well. If you enjoy legal procedurals that involve murder and can buy the premise, and are in the mood for something light, you'll probably enjoy it.

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    Tim parma hts, OH, USA 05-22-08
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    "truely a great novel"

    I love this book. It is well thought out, exceptionally well written, original, witty and cleaver. It's so good that I actually bought a copy for my Mom. Definitely worth your time, especially if you are overly stressed out and need a good laugh.

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    Barbara Santee, CA, USA 01-03-04
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    "Absolutely wonderful! I loved it."

    Great story, great narration. Didn't have a slow spot in it. Great plot, unpredictable. Audible, please give us more like this one!

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    Scott 10-07-03
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    I puchased this program thinking it would be a corny but amusing timepasser; instead, I was treated to a witty, fun and energetic story. This is a good book, not a Pulitzer-prize winner, but a very good book. I was laughing out loud which caused problems as my wife tried to sleep next to me. Give it a chance.

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    "No Way to Treat a First Lady"

    very witty and believable personalities. i enjoyed the ride and was suprised by the ending.

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    Mark Warner, NH, USA 06-27-03
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    "Enjoyable mind candy"

    Anthony is on-target when he says "technically flawed." Don't expect great writing here and Tim Matheson's narration is, well - let's just say that I'm sure he's not giving up acting to narrate full time! ;-) The story, however, is engaging, outrageous and with sufficient satire to give it a "tangy after-bite". There's nothing of substance, but it's a fun ride. Well-worth the time spent listening. Enjoy!

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