First Edition. Author's uncommon second novel. "The first novel of Washington life that attempts to describe genuinely typical Washingtonians and the essential Washington. It is quite devoid of the usual gaudy stuff about the doings of so called diplomatic society, and it contains very little politics in the ordinary sense". Fergusson wrote this novel by drawing heavily upon his experiences as a reporter. His protagonist, Ralph Dolan, works his way up through the newspaper trade, then switches to the business of public relations and lobbying, ending as the top lobbyist of a large industry association. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, few small edge chips, hint of foxing at spine.