July 02, 1979 12:00 PM

by Lynne Cheney

If the author’s husband, Dick (a Republican congressman from Wyoming), ever brought home any shocking secrets from his days at the White House as Gerald Ford’s chief of staff, they don’t show up in this novel. Nonetheless, the working White House and the way it plays the press (and vice versa) are described in painstaking detail. Cheney has lightly salted her first book with sex, scandal and even suicide, but it’s still a dry, polite read. Her story suffers from Washington Myopia—a little too much emphasis on how government officials and journalists work, but not enough on who they are. (Simon & Schuster, $8.95)

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