A Review of Buckley’s Supreme Courtship


So y’all know I’m a huge fan of satirical PR novelist Christopher Buckley. Ever since I first discovered him in 1999 with Little Green Men, I’ve eagerly awaited every new book (and movie) to the point of stalking the local Barnes and Noble employees for new releases.

If you aren’t familiar with him, he satires spin in all its forms. Whether following the exploits of cigarette lobbyist Nick Naylor in Thank You For Smoking; exposing the influence of the media in courtroom decisions in No Way to Treat a First Lady; or revealing the awesome power of social media and the blogosphere in Boomsday, he is always right on with current and common PR tactics and dilemmas, which he masterfully weaves into compelling stories.

Well, I’m happy to say his latest not only delivers the same punches and laughs, it’s also oddly prophetic. You see, Supreme Courtship details what happens when an attractive, unqualified, “pistol” of a woman is nominated for a high political/judicial position in the U.S.

In the book, Pepper Cartwright is a TV judge who says things like “you betcha” and “I’m just a plain ol’ girl from Plano, TX.” A sitting President, looking to make a big statement, nominates her to the Supreme Court…and hilarity ensues. I don’t want to spoil anything for you with more details. But, I definitely recommend you pick it up. Supreme Courtship another great book from a great author; I really don’t know how he does it!

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