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The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights new work gives readers one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief. With his characteristic no-holds-barred style, Mamets latest play is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today.

About the Author

David Mamet is a dramatist, director, novelist, poet, and essayist. He has written the screenplays for more than twenty films, including Heist, Spartan, House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, Wag the Dog, and The Verdict. His more than twenty plays include Oleanna, The Cryptogram, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross. Born in chicago in 1947, Mamet has taught at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, and Goddard College, and he lectures at the Atlantic Theater Company, of which he is a founding member.

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abrodsky, May 31, 2008 (view all comments by abrodsky)
My wife and I just saw the play and it is a hoot. Sure, there are some cheap laughs, but this is David Mamet and there are many more gems here to be discovered that many of the play's reviewers missed. Reading the book will allow them to jump out more than when the next laugh line follows a few seconds later.

The structure of how political pressures can work is set up as a comedy here, but it's not so far from reality. The offsetting political pressures on a politican, the whiff of desperation of a candidate in the tank, the way presidents think of their legacies -- all of those are on stage and in the book to be laughed at, but they are also things to think about later.

Whether it's the quick lines or the big picture, this nice little play is a better-than-average take on politics that resonates regardless of whether there is a current president with the lowest popularity rankings ever, or a candidate (and husband) worried about their legacies.
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ISBN:
9780307388803
Author:
Mamet, David
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
American
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Drama-American Anthology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20080631
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.96x5.27x.41 in. .33 lbs.

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