By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
A grasp of latest American literature, Vonnegut has authored 18 hugely acclaimed books and dozens of brief tales and essays. This wry story follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White condominium to the prison as Watergate's least identified co-conspirator.
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