Bureaucrats: To the Highest Bidder, a Perle

To the Highest Bidder, a Perle

A bureaucratic battle over missile throw-weights would not seem to be the stuff of which best sellers are made. But when the author is Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle, the Administration's outspoken hawk, some publishers are willing to take a chance. Perle wants to write a novel about his arms-control struggles with the more dovish former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Burt, now the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany. Perle has circulated a five-page outline for his first work of fiction, and bidding for the book has reportedly passed $300,000.

The book auction also got a rise out of Georgia's...

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