Pay attention please to the life of Walter F. Starbuck. Nineteen-hundred and Thirteen gave him the gift of life. Nineteenth-hundred and Thirty-one ...Show synopsisPay attention please to the life of Walter F. Starbuck. Nineteen-hundred and Thirteen gave him the gift of life. Nineteenth-hundred and Thirty-one sent him to Harvard. Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-eight got him a job in the federal government. Nineteen-hundred and Seventy gave him a job in the Nixon White House. Nineteen-hundred and Seventy-five sent him to prison for his part in the American political scandals known collectively as 'Watergate'. Now Walter F. Starbuck is coming out of jail, into the brave new world of 1980s Manhattan, and this is the story of his first twenty-four hours of freedom.Hide synopsis
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Jailbird is the story of a hapless, but harmless career bureaucrat who seems destined to be continually punished for his sympathy for the working man. From the McCarthy Red Trials to Watergate, Walter F Starbuck consistently finds himself facing the wrong direction to the prevailing winds of capitalism.
Like the protagonist himself, Jailbird is a mild-mannered book simmering just under the surface with a scathing indictment of bureaucracy, ivy league education and multi-national corporations. Written in Vonnegut?s signature style, Jailbird is one of his best. A must have for any serious collection.
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