O: A Presidential Novel

Let’s put the Primary Colors thing to rest right away, okay? Simon & Schuster has done a great job publicizing O, a hapless novel about the 2012 campaign, as a worthy successor to the classic Clinton satire. But Anonymous, whoever he is (I’m guessing it’s a he, since the book is so sexist), is no Joe Klein. He’s not funny. He’s got little, if any, inside-the-White-House knowledge; there’s nothing new on Obama — or anyone else, for that matter. And he fails to create any kind of story arc (there’s not a single controversy to drive the plot). That’s right: Nothing happens. S&S gets an A for marketing. But O itself? D-

O: A Presidential Novel
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