Jailbird, Paperback Book
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Pay attention please to the life of Walter F. Starbuck. Nineteen-hundred and Thirteen gave him the gift of life.

Nineteenth-hundred and Thirty-one sent him to Harvard.

Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-eight got him a job in the federal government.

Nineteen-hundred and Seventy gave him a job in the Nixon White House.

Nineteen-hundred and Seventy-five sent him to prison for his part in the American political scandals known collectively as 'Watergate'.

Now Walter F. Starbuck is coming out of jail, into the brave new world of 1980s Manhattan, and this is the story of his first twenty-four hours of freedom.


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Some interesting paradoxes, along with Vonnegut's usual dose of satire. The hero rises in the world because a rich man takes him in as a child to play chess before there were chess computers. Sorned for reporting wrongs during the McCarthy era, he keeps his mouth shut in the middle of Watergate to the same result.