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Shelley's Heart ()

Orrin's All-Time Top Ten (or twelve) List - Political


When aides to a liberal incumbent President steal the Presidential election of
2004 from a conservative ex-President, the country is plunged into a
constitutional crisis.  In short order, we find out that there is a high level
conspiracy by a secret order of Left-Wing Yale grads to take over the country.

The characters are cunningly etched & there are plots within plots.  But best of
all, is the acid depiction of a liberal elite that believes that they know best
what is good for people & are willing to impose their ideas, regardless of the
will of the voters.

This book is an excellent antidote to Wag the Dog (American Hero).


Grade: (A)


Charles McCarry Links:

    -Charles McCarry (Wikipedia)
    -FILMOGRAPHY: Charles McCarry (
    -Charles McCarry (Stop You're Killing Me)
    -ESSAY: I Spy . . .: My favorite tales of espionage. (CHARLES MCCARRY, February 4, 2006, Opinion Journal)
    -REVIEW: of War Trash by Ha Jin (Charles McCarry, Washington Post)
    -REVIEW: of THE REDHUNTER: A Novel Based on the Life of Senator Joe McCarthy By William F. Buckley Jr. (Charles McCarry, NY Times Book Review)
    -ARCHIVES: "Charles McCarry (Find Articles)
    -ESSAY: Tales of Intrigue: The top political novels. (MELANIE KIRKPATRICK, August 26, 2006, Opinion Journal)
    -PROFILE: America's Greatest Espionage Writer (OTTO PENZLER, May 17, 2006, NY Sun)
    -PROFILE: Spy author's fame cloaked in secrecy (Dennis Lythgoe, 8/8/04, Deseret Morning News)
    -PROFILE: He Has Seen The Future: It's in His Work: Charles McCarry's novels keep coming true. And his new book is about the end of the world. (BRIAN CARNEY, June 11, 2004, Wall Street Journal)
    -PROFILE: Charles McCarry's spook tackles his final Cold War assignments: The 77-year-old author of 10 novels and numerous nonfiction works has released the latest in a series of elegant novels following Paul Christopher's missions (Steve Bennett, May 20, 2007, NY Times)
    -PROFILE: Birnbaum v. Charles McCarry (Robert Birnbaum, August 9, 2004, The Morning News)
    -PROFILE: Beyond Bond: Forget Fleming; lose Le Carré--Charles McCarry is the undiscovered master of the spy novel (Morton Marcus, 8/14/97, Metro Active)
    -PROFILE: Getting spooked: Charles McCarry looks back at the Nazis — and ahead to Bush? (CLIF GARBODEN, May 8, 2007, Boston Phoenix)
    -ESSAY: Evolution of the Modern American Spy Novel> (Katy Fletcher, April 1987, Journal of Contemporary History)
    -REVIEW: of The Miernik Dossier by Charles McCarry (Dr. Al Chase, White Rhino Report)
    -REVIEW ESSAY: Le Morte de Christopher (Douglas A. Jeffrey, Summer 2005, Claremont Review of Books)
    -REVIEW ESSAY: The Great American Spy Novel: Charles McCarry and The Tears of Autumn 30 years later (BRENDAN BERNHARD, March 31, 2005, LA Weekly)
    -REVIEW: of Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry (Patrick Anderson, Washington Post)
    -REVIEW: of Tears of Autumn (Shane Maloney, The Age)
    -REVIEW: of
-REVIEW: of The Last Supper by Charles McCarry (Jacob Heilbrunn, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of The Bride of the Wilderness By Charles McCarry (John Gross, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of Shelley's heart by Charles McCarry (Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of Shelley's heart (Christopher Hitchens, NY Review of Books)
    -REVIEW: of Lucky Bastard by Charles McCarry (John J. Miller, National Review)
    -REVIEW: of Lucky Bastard (Dan Froomkin, SF Chronicle)
    -REVIEW: of Lucky Bastard (Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of Lucky Bastard (John Tierney, NY times)
    -REVIEW: of Lucky Bastard (Owen Ullman, Business Week)
    -REVIEW: of Lucky Bastard (Hal Hinson, Salon)
    -REVIEW: of Lucky Bastard (Manuel Gonzales, Austin Chronicle)
    -REVIEW ARCHIVES: of Old Boys by Charles McCarry (Metacritic)
    -REVIEW: of Old Boys (Mark Lawson, The Guardian)
    -REVIEW: of Old Boys (Charles Trueheart, Washington Post)
    -REVIEW: of Old Boys (Daily Telegraph)
    -REVIEW: of Old Boys (PJ O'Rourke, Weekly Standard)
    -REVIEW: of Old Boys (Michael Carlson, Spectator)
    -REVIEW: of Old Boys (Sam Allis, Boston Globe)
    -REVIEW: of Old Boys (Dennis Lythgoe, Deseret Morning News)
    -REVIEW: of Christopher's Ghosts by Charles McCarry (Sam Allis, Houston Chronicle)
    -REVIEW: of Christopher's Ghosts (Jack Batten, Toronto Star)
    -REVIEW: of
-REVIEW: of CAVEAT: Realism, Reagan, and Foreign Policy. By Alexander M. Haig (with Charles McCarry) (James Chace, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Citizen Nader by Charles McCarry (Hays Gorey, TIME))

* The Miernik Dossier (1973)
* The Tears of Autumn (1974)
* The Secret Lovers (1977)
* The Better Angels (1979)
* The Last Supper (1983)
* The Bride of the Wilderness (1988)
* Second Sight (1991)
* Shelley's Heart (1995)
* Old Boys (2004)
* Christopher's Ghosts (2007)

Book-related and General Links:
    -REVIEW: Ode to the West Wing (Christopher Hitchens, NY Review of Books)
    -INTERVIEW: Just Another Day in the CIA Charles McCarry (
    -FIRST CHAPTER: Lucky Bastard
    -REVIEW: of Lucky Bastard (Owen Ullman, Business Week)

If you like political novels, try:

    -Primary Colors

Knebel, Fletcher
    -Dark Horse
    -Seven Days in May

O'Connor, Edwin
    -The Last Hurrah

Warren, Robert Penn
    -All the King's Men

If you think it couldn't happen here, read:

Bork, Robert H.
    -The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law

Bronner, Ethan
    -Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America

Chambers, Whittaker

Colodny, Len and Gettlin, Robert
    -Silent Coup: The Removal of a President

Isaac, Erich and Rael
    -The Coercive Utopians: Social Deception by America's Power Players

Powers, Richard Gid
    -Not Without Honor: The History of American Anticommunism

Reeves, Thomas
    -A Question of Character: A Life of John F. Kennedy