Thursday, July 9, 2020

Make Russia Great Again by Christopher Buckley on Book Beginnings

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It's time for Book Beginnings on Fridays again and it finally feels like summer here in Portland! What is it like where you are?

Please share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading or featuring this week. Link to your post below, or just share the opening sentence(s) in a comment. If you post on social media, please use the hashtag #bookbeginnings.


Christopher Buckley's new book, Make Russia Great Again, comes out next week. I got a sneak peek thanks to Simon & Schuster and it looks hilarious. It is Buckley at his best in this "whipsmart fake memoir by Herb Nutterman -- Donald Trump’s seventh chief of staff -- who has written the ultimate tell-all about Trump and Russia."

No matter which side of the aisle you sit, it looks like a funny book. It is over the top, taking jabs at everyone. Political satire is much more fun than the real thing.

book cover of Make Russia Great Again by Christopher Buckley

“How could you work for a man like that?”
“What were you thinking?”
“What possessed you?”
All the time I get this, even in here, which frankly strikes me as a bit rich. Who knew inmates at federal correctional institutions had such keenly developed senses of moral superiority?

I offer a longer bit than the first sentence to give a sense of the tone. If you liked Thank You for Smoking or any of Buckley's other books, you will breeze right through this one, laughing right along.


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


Oleg had named it Maria Ivanova, in honor of Mr. Putin's mother. Apparently, no fewer than fourteen oligarchs also named their megayachts after her.


  1. Now I'm curious! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Gilion,

    I don't generally read satire, although I do enjoy watching this genre of comedy on TV. So whilst the book may not be for me, I can still appreciate the jibes and humour for what they are!

    These days, most of our politics, no matter whereabouts in the world you are, seems to be larger than life and not to be taken too seriously - Bring back the days of the true statesmen, who took the job of running a country as a committment and vocation - for the good of the people!!

    We have a great TV show over here called 'Not the Nine o'clock news' and a magazine called 'Private Eye', which are both satire at their very best.

    Anything which can lighten the burden right now, is to definitely be relished :)

    We had our UK summer back in May when all the records were set. June was very changeable and the July weather so far has been a bit of a washout, although they do promise a warm weekend.

    Stay Safe and thanks for hosting :)


  3. We could do with some humour these days!

  4. I've never heard of Christopher Buckley, but this sounds like an interesting read! I'll have to look into some of his stuff.

  5. This books looks exactly like my cup of tea, thank you for sharing!

  6. Make Russia Great Again sounds quite amusing. Even hubs laughed at the description, and he's not a reader. LOL Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  7. I don't normally read satire, but that first line really tickled my fancy. It really sounds like it would be a great read.

    This could be a nice break from the normal YA and Sci-Fi I've been cramming down my gullet lately.

    1. I posted that without my name and site hehe... newb move, I know.

  8. This sounds hilarious! I'm definitely checking it out :)


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