Picks and Pans Review: Executive Privilege

updated 07/02/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/02/1979 01:00AM

by Lynne Cheney

If the author's husband, Dick (a Republican congressman from Wyoming), ever brought home any shocking secrets from his days at the White House as Gerald Ford's chief of staff, they don't show up in this novel. Nonetheless, the working White House and the way it plays the press (and vice versa) are described in painstaking detail. Cheney has lightly salted her first book with sex, scandal and even suicide, but it's still a dry, polite read. Her story suffers from Washington Myopia—a little too much emphasis on how government officials and journalists work, but not enough on who they are. (Simon & Schuster, $8.95)

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