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David Brancaccio interviews political novelist and satirist Christopher Buckley about life inside the Washington spin machine. As the film adaptation of his novel THANK YOU FOR SMOKING is about to be released in theaters, Brancaccio gets Buckley's uniquely humorous perspective on what his fictional look at the world of a tobacco lobbyist can tell us about how Washington really operates. Buckley, a former speech writer for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, is an award-winning author of eleven books and was named "one of the funniest writers in the English language" by Tom Wolfe.

Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley is the author of eleven books, many of them national bestsellers, including THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, GOD IS MY BROKER, LITTLE GREEN MEN, NO WAY TO TREAT A FIRST LADY, WASHINGTON SCHLEPPED HERE and FLORENCE OF ARABIA. THANK YOU FOR SMOKING was developed into a major motion picture starring Robert Duvall, Katie Holmes, and Aaron Eckhart. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages, including Russian and Korean. Christopher Buckley won the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor.

His latest novel, FLORENCE OF ARABIA, takes an irreverent and uproarious look at the Middle East, feminism and the American government. Garnering rave reviews, Florence is Buckley’s funniest and most serious novel yet, a biting satire showcasing his masterful humor and insight.

Buckley was born in New York in 1952. He graduated with honors from Yale University, shipped out with the Merchant Marine and was managing editor of ESQUIRE magazine at the age of 24. At age 29, he published his first best seller, STEAMING TO BAMBOOLA: THE WORLD OF A TRAMP FREIGHTER and became chief speechwriter to the Vice President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.

In 1989, the late Malcolm Forbes hired him to start a new magazine, FORBES FYI. He has been editor of chief of the publication since then. Buckley has written for most national newspapers and magazines, including THE NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, WASHINGTON POST, TIME, THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, SMITHSONIAN, US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, VANITY FAIR, VOGUE, CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER. He has published over 50 comic essays in THE NEW YORKER magazine. In 2002, Buckley received the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence.

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