In 2005, "The Woman at the Washington Zoo" was published to major
critical acclaim. The late Marjorie Williams possessed "a special
voice, one capable not just of canny political observations but of
tenderness and bracing intimacy," observed the "New York Times Book
Now, in a collection of profiles with the richness of short
fiction, Williams limns the personalities that dominated politics
and the media during the final years of the twentieth century. In
these pages, Clark Clifford grieves "in his laborious baritone" a
bank scandal's blow to his "re-pu-taaaaaay-shun." Lee Atwater
likens himself to Ulysses and pleads, ""Tah me to the mast ""
Patricia Duff sheds "precipitous tears" over her divorce from
Ronald Perelman, resembling afterwards "a garden refreshed by
"Reputation" illuminates our recent past through expertly drawn
portraits of powerful-- and messily human--figures.
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