Fellow Travelers

Fellow Travelers

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
From the highly acclaimed author of Bandbox and Dewey Defeats Truman–a searing new historical novel about the competing claims of faith, love, and politics during the McCarthy era.

Washington, D.C., in the early 1950s: a world of bare-knuckled ideology, hard drinking, and secret dossiers, dominated by such outsized characters as Richard Nixon, Drew Pearson, Perle Mesta, and Joe McCarthy. Into this fevered city steps Timothy Laughlin, a recent Fordham graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. A chance encounter with a handsome, profligate State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job in D.C. and–after Fuller’s advances–his first love affair. Now, as McCarthy mounts an increasingly desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on “sexual subversives” in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit and intrigue, and clinging to the friendship of a beautiful young woman named Mary Johnson, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions, his love for God, and his love for Fuller–an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.

Moving between the Senate Office Building and the Washington Evening Star, the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO’s front line in Europe, Fellow Travelers is energized by high political drama, unexpected humor, and genuine heartbreak. It is Thomas Mallon’s most accomplished and daring novel to date.

Baker & Taylor
In a powerful historical novel set in Washington, D.C., in the early 1950s, Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic, arrives to join the crusade against Communism, only to find himself falling for Hawkins Fuller, a State Department official, and struggling to reconcile his political convictions, his love for Fuller, and his devotion to his faith. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
From the highly acclaimed author of Bandbox and Dewey Defeats Truman - a new historical novel about the competing claims of faith, love, and politics during the McCarthy era.
Washington, D.C., in the early 1950s: a world of bare-knuckled ideology, hard drinking, and secret dossiers, dominated by such outsized characters as Richard Nixon, Drew Pearson, Perle Mesta, and Joe McCarthy. Into this fevered city steps Timothy Laughlin, a recent Fordham graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. A chance encounter with a handsome, profligate State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job on Capitol Hill and - after Fuller's advances - his first love affair. Now, as McCarthy mounts an increasingly desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on "sexual subversives" in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit and intrigue, and clinging to the friendship of a beautiful young woman named Mary Johnson, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions, his love for God, and his love for Fuller - an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.

Baker
& Taylor

Timothy Laughlin arrives in Washington, D.C. to join the early 1950s crusade against Communism, only to fall for Hawkins Fuller, a State Department official, and struggle to reconcile his political convictions, his love for Fuller, and his faith.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375423482
0375423486
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 25 cm

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mittens_1
Jan 16, 2020

Sounds Almost like “ advise & consent “ by Alan Drury

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Loge99
Jan 14, 2020

The story becomes tiresome because the author is trying too hard to put it in a historical perspective. It could be reduced in length by half and it would be just as good. A bit unbelievable story that as profligate as the main character is that he didn't get aids. Using marriage as a cover is indicative of a user/abuser. That it should be used as an opera is very puzzling. Dull read, actually.

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rpavlacic
Mar 31, 2016

A fictitious look at the 1950s when the only worse thing than to be accused of being a Communist is to be accused (rightly or wrongly) of being homosexual. This book isn't so much historical fiction as it is erotic fiction and libraries on the Bibliocommons network should reclassify it as such. It is definitely not appropriate for younger people.

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Mar 31, 2016

rpavlacic thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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