Florence of Arabia

Florence of Arabia

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The bestselling author who made mincemeat of political correctness in Thank You for Smoking, conspiracy theories in Little Green Men, and Presidential indiscretions No Way to Treat a First Lady now takes on the hottest topic in the entire worlda€“Arab-American relationsa€“in a blistering comic novel sure to offend the few it doesna€™t delight. Appalled by the punishment of her rebellious friend Nazrah, youngest and most petulant wife of Prince Bawad of Wasabia, Florence Farfarletti decides to draw a line in the sand. As Deputy to the deputy assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, Florence invents a far-reaching, wide-ranging plan for female emancipation in that part of the world. The U.S. government, of course, tells her to forget it. Publicly, that is. Privately, shea€™s enlisted in a top-secret mission to impose equal rights for the sexes on the small emirate of Matar (pronounced a€œMuttera€), the a€œSwitzerland of the Persian Gulf.a€ Her crack team: a CIA killer, a snappy PR man, and a brilliant but frustrated gay bureaucrat. Her weapon: TV shows. The lineup on TV Matar includes A Thousand and One Mornings, a daytime talk show that features self-defense tips to be used against boyfriends during Ramadan; an addictive soap opera featuring strangely familiar members of the Matar royal family; and a sitcom about an inept but ruthless squad of religious police, pitched as a€œFriends from Hell.a€ The result: the first deadly car bombs in the country since 1936, a fatwa against the stationa€™s entire staff, a struggle for control of the kingdom, and, of course, interference from the French. And thata€™s only the beginning. A merciless dismantling of both American ineptitude and Arabic intolerance, Florence of Arabia is Christopher Buckleya€™s funniest and most serious novel yet, a biting satire of how U.S. good intentions can cause the Shiite to hit the fan. From the Hardcover edition.He pressed the record button on the video camera. aquot;Begin, he said. Florence looked ... She tried to pry a piece of wire from the cot, with the idea of fashioning a tool to pick the door lock, but gave up after five minutes. There were problems withanbsp;...

Title:Florence of Arabia
Author:Christopher Buckley
Publisher:Random House - 2007-12-18


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