“Seth Hettena has turned the sordid tale of Washington corruption into a page-turner in his meticulously-reported account of the shamelessly sleazy descent of Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham. The account is rich in detail, replete with yachts, prostitutes, bribes, and a congressman partying and playing video games rather than serving his constituents. The larger picture it paints is both appalling and pathetic, as public service was turned into self-service.”

—Jane Mayer, staff writer, The New Yorker

“Seth Hettena sees the man whole and reveals in his story American politics as it is today.”

—Richard Ben Cramer, Author, What It Takes: The Way to the White House

“This straightforward account is a strong summation of Cunningham’s ignoble career.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“…this chronicle of Cunningham’s deliberate duplicity certainly has the power to shock.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Mr. Hettena has drawn a vivid portrait of Cunningham…”

—Mark Miller, The Wall Street Journal

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