Guest on television and radio programs, including The O'Reilly Factor, Dennis Miller, and numerous others. Chin is also trying to revive his career, and many in the media suspect that rumors of his dying in a plane crash were orchestrated as a publicity stunt. Truitt, review of Nail 'Em! He serves as a Trustee of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, an organization devoted to fostering educational and career opportunities for outstanding young African-American men. As if his life wasn't already completely rattled, an unexpected message throws him into a more severe spin when he receives a letter from Claudine Polk, a woman with whom he spent an idyllic summer of love some twenty-five years ago. How many people will dupe him before this coming-of-middle-age saga comes to an end? What happens when the past knocks on the door of an irreverent and disgraced Presidential Press Secretary? And as a result Eastman is a fully developed, and sympathetic, character The other aspect that makes this work interesting is the running commentary on the nature of American society. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.
The cast is purposely stereotyped as war veterans, mobsters, Tennessee Volunteers from the U of T and some Vanderbilt intellects, and an assortment of politicians, all caught in the spinmiester's web. Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2002, review of Money Wanders, p. Events seem to tumble one after the other without clear rationales. Jonah manages to turn the best of his slick Jewish and Italian South Jersey upbringing and White House connected résumé into a witty, powerful tool to help the Polk's keep control of their historic plantation. Synopsis When a gorgeous woman appears at the gates of the White House bearing a mysterious letter, disgraced Presidential Press Secretary and professional spinmeister Jonah Eastman knows that his past has finally caught up with him.
Eric Dezenhall is an accomplished raconteur who can spin a satirical, dizzying tale of intrigue. Jonah Eastman resigns from the job he loves, but before he even gets a chance to reflect on how he committed career suicide, a beautiful stranger delivers an envelope containing a shadowy message from his former lover, Claudine Polk. Since reading this book, I have been recommending it to friends who are looking for a good laugh. Keep your eye on this series, and if you haven't read the earlier installments, now's the time to catch up. Here is the dust jacket plot summary: When a gorgeous woman appears at the gates of the White House bearing a mysterious letter, disgraced Presidential Press Secretary and professional spinmeister Jonah Eastman knows that his past has finally caught up with him. I am looking forward to reading more books written by Eric Dezenhall. Confronting High-profile Attacks on Celebrities and Businesses.
. Jonah invents drug lords and fakes a fight with a drug dealer, using actors, and puts it on the site. It is somewhat ironic that the thread I enjoyed the least was, in theory, the main plot. Keep your eye on this series, and if you haven't read the earlier installments, now's the time to catch up. Even the premise is a knockout. Raised by a Jewish mobster in Atlantic City, Jonah was only seventeen when he met Claudine Polk, an unabashed Southern belle, and placed her on an unshakable pedestal for one glorious summer of reckless youth and first love. What does she have on him? Dezenhall's recurring narrator, Jonah Eastman last seen in 2005's Turnpike Flameout , has risen from his Jersey mob upbringing through the pollster ranks and is now President James Lee Truitt's press secretary during a time of upheaval: it's 2005, and the war on terror rages a suicide bomber attacks a Phillies game , though the war in Iraq is noticeably absent.
Raised by a Jewish mobster in Atlantic City, Jonah was only seventeen when he met Claudine Polk, an unabashed Southern belle, and placed her on an unshakable pedestal for one glorious summer of reckless youth and first love. Eric Dezenhall is an accomplished raconteur who can spin a satirical, dizzying tale of intrigue. Martin's, 2002 , Jackie Disaster Minotaur, 2003 , Shakedown Beach St. After a string of irreverent comments about terrorism, Jonah is given the boot, and as he's packing up his office, his high school love, Claudine Polk, asks for his help in saving her family's Tennessee plantation. One of the most infamous revolves around a Dateline report that the gas tanks of General Motors trucks had a tendency to explode. The characters tend toward stereotype—there's a Southern belle, a Southern eccentric, a good ol' boy and a good-humored-and-wise black servant—and the writing is littered with pop culture references that aren't always accurate.
Pleasant, Tennessee and it is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Sure some are funny and over the top, but I found them rather ho-hum in aggregate. Take a chance on Spinning Dixie. Some of the examples he gives include Kathie Lee Gifford, ValueJet, and Pepsi. But a nostalgic, and rather touching, core and a talent for pop culture references and criticism make it a readable and entertaining romp despite an overly complex plot and some flat characters. A perfect mix of The West Wing, The Godfather, and Gone with the Wind, Spinning Dixie is an epic novel full of adventure, romance, and unforgettable characters that will have readers laughing out loud.
In 2005 the Global War on Terrorism comes home when a suicide bomber commits kamikaze at a Philadelphia Phillies home game. He also gets to testify before a congressional committee on crime. He frequently lectures in academic and business circles, and regularly appears as a damage control expert in the international media. Martin's, 2006 and Spinning Dixie St. Will Truitt give him his job back? Jonah must use all of his connections, from shady undercover agents to the President himself, to engage in Operation Dixie Knish and save his Southern belle's ancestral home. Jonah's absurd campaign will keep readers piqued, but the backstory—the mob, Freemasons and Khe Sanh figure in—is unnecessarily convoluted. As the generations passed, any hope of restoring the Lost Cause receded, but something else remained, coursing beneath the surface of the proud society: The specter of arrogant Yankees laughing at them, judging them, inflicting their progressive thoughts on them.
Jonah must use all of his connections, from shady undercover agents to the President himself, to engage in Operation Dixie Knish and save his Southern belle's ancestral home. Career making and breaking headlines appear and disappear with one phone call from the middle aged spinmeister, the general public chases stories that Jonah creates to minimize the shortcomings of others he represents. All these years later, he finished it--and aren't we lucky. Eric was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Eric Dezenhall Home Page, August 30, 2006. The grandmother may be a problem. As Jonah reminisces about his past, the author beautifully describes a young man's bewilderment about love and women as he reflects sage perspective on why history did not unite Jonah and Claudine.
Eric Dezenhall is an accomplished raconteur who can spin a satirical, dizzying tale of intrigue. Jonah, propelled by a looming midlife crisis, launches a massive spin campaign involving the president, political focus groups, thousands of Civil War re-enactors, the National Guard and the Air Force in order to help Claudine, though her motives for seeking him out become suspect. Dezenhall takes us for a ride of which we often don't want to get off. Who was that gorgeous courier outside the White House? Raised by a Jewish mobster in Atlantic City, Jonah was only seventeen when he met Claudine Polk, an unabashed Southern belle, and placed her on an unshakable pedestal for one glorious summer of reckless youth and first love. Armchair Interviews says: Need a good laugh? Jonah is fired for his insensitivity towards the president and his party's needs. Take a chance on Spinning Dixie. For Jonah, the situation appears to provide him one last chance to best a longtime rival—and maybe to win back the love he lost years ago.
Confronting High-profile Attacks on Celebrities and Businesses, p. A documentary he co-produced on organized crime aired on the Discovery Channel. There's loads of good stuff including fascinating analyses of the personalities of typical attackers and typical targets. Here's proof that politics is funny when it isn't even trying. The author tells us that he started this book in the 1980 when he was 18. When President Truitt misspeaks, his press flack Jonah Eastman takes the hit, leaving him jobless but available to come to the aid of the girl of his youthful dreams, a flower of the Confederacy who got away 25 years ago when she disdained this grandson of a Jewish casino czar for the scion of a good Tennessee family.