In an attempt to gain congressional approval for a top-secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist "Bird" McIntyre teams up with sexy, outspoken neocon Angel Templeton to pit the American public against the Chinese. When Bird fails to uncover an authentic reason to slander the nation, he and Angel put the Washington media machine to work, spreading a rumor that the Chinese secret service is working to assassinate the Dalai Lama.Meanwhile in China, mild-mannered President Fa Mengyao and his devoted aide Gang are maneuvering desperately against sinister party hard-liners Minister Lo and General Han. Now Fa and Gang must convince the world that the People's Republic is not out to kill the Dalai Lama, while maintaining Fa's small margin of power in the increasingly militaristic environment of the party.On the home front, Bird must contend with a high-strung wife who entertains Olympic equestrian ambition, and the qualifying competition happens to be taking place in China. As things unravel abroad, Bird and Angel's lie comes dangerously close to reality. And as their relationship rises to a new level, so do mounting tensions between the United States and China.
As I listened to Buckleys latest political/social satire it became clear that he was not happy with the disstaff side while writing this. I subsequently learned that he was in the process of getting a divorce during this time, which helps to explain why the two principal women the Ann Coulter type and the wife of the hero are both amoral, selfabsorbed, reprehensible and just plain ugly human beings. The book would have been more enjoyable for me if such unsparingly awful women were not such central characters in the story. Boomsday and Supreme Courtship were both better read and funnier. The absurd aspects of those stories were hilarious, but sitll credible, whereas the absurd solution to this books central issue is, well, absurd. Nevertheless, like all of Buckleys work, Eat Puppies has plenty of perfectly placed barbs that skewer the behavior of ideologues across the political spectrum. So if you think all women are bloodsucking jerks, you will probably enjoy this book even more than his earlier work.