Summarized by Kent Larsen
Peace, War And Politics: An Eyewitness Account
Publishers Weekly, p 38, 18Oct99 A2
By Jeff Zaleski; Paul Gediman; Charlotte Abbott; Sarah Gold
LDS Church member and well-known Washington maverick and muckraker Jack
Anderson has written his memoirs of his long career in Washington D.C.
as a syndicated columnist. Anderson, who first came to Washington after
WWII and who took over Drew Pearson's "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column
in 1969, has been the bane of the Washington insider. His column has
exposed everything from petty kickbacks among congressmen to details of
the JFK assassination investigation and the Iran-Contra scandal.
Despite Anderson's healty ego, the book reveals little of Anderson. It
is instead a series of anecdotes strung together, including some real
gems, such as Anderson's feud with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
Anderson claims that he frustrated Hoover because his Mormon lifestyle
made it impossible to find any incriminating or damaging information on
Anderson won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for his writing about President
Nixon's favoring of Pakistan in its war with India. The book will be
promoted fairly heavily, including a $100,000
promotion budget and TV and radio appearances nationwide.
PEACE, WAR AND POLITICS: An Eyewitness Account
Jack Anderson with Daryl Gibson. Forge, $27.95 (416p) ISBN 0-31285602-4