December 05, 1977 12:00 PM

by Ervin S. Duggan and Ben J. Wattenberg

“Washington is like a cruise ship. Some people on board are passengers who travel for a while, then disembark and go back home. But some of us are members of the crew. We stay and sail forever.” Carlton Rattigan is the President in this Washington novel and the crisis is not Watergate, but a devious Vice-President named Abner Hoffman. Particularly interesting is the treatment of capital newsmen—a contemptuous, shallow lot for the most part. The authors seem right at home, and it’s good to know that after still another fictional assault, the American system survives. (Doubleday, $10)

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