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Maximum Vigilance

Pieczenik, Steve R.

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ISBN 10: 0446515566 / ISBN 13: 9780446515566
Published by Warner Books, New York, 1992
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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24 cm, x, [2], 431, [5] pages. Foreword by Tom Clancy. Inscribed by the author. Steve R. Pieczenik (born December 7, 1943) is an American science fiction writer, former United States Department of State official, psychiatrist, and publisher. The author was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Kissinger, Shultz, Vance, and James Baker. At the Department of State, he served as a "specialist on hostage taking". He has been credited with devising successful negotiating strategies and tactics used in several high-profile hostage situations, including the 1976 TWA Flight 355 hostage situation and the 1977 kidnapping of the son of Cyprus' president. He was involved in negotiations for the release of Aldo Moro after Moro was kidnapped. In 1979, he resigned as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State over the handling of the Iranian hostage crisis. Pieczenik has made a number of ventures into fiction, as an author (of State of Emergency and a number of other books) and as a business partner of Tom Clancy for several series of novels. Books he has authored include novel Mind Palace (1985), novel Blood Heat (1989), self-help My Life Is Great! (1990) and paperback edition Hidden Passions (1991), novel Maximum Vigilance (1993), novel Pax Pacifica (1995), novel State Of Emergency (1999), novel My Beloved Talleyrand (2005). He's also credited under the pseudonym Alexander Court for writing the novels Active Measures (2001), and Active Pursuit (2002). In this high-voltage tale of power politics, international intrigue, and a devastating conspiracy, everything depends on what we know about the psychological motivations of our leaders-and only those with the unique ability to comprehend the subtle insights of the political mind can decode the course of events. As the President's personal psychiatrist, Dr. Desaix Clark, a prominent international crisis manager, must decide whether the President of the United States is mentally competent to manage an international crisis that can precipitate World War III. Thrust into a maze of betrayal, deceit, and conspiracy, Dr. Clark risks his life in a desperate race to uncover a shadowy enemy. Clark must rethink everything he and his government stand for, as America faces one of the most insidious threats of all time. Steve Pieczenik writes a thrilling tale of what could happen to America if the presidency is compromised. Bookseller Inventory # 18842

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Title: Maximum Vigilance

Publisher: Warner Books, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing [Stated].

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As the President's personal psychiatrist, Dr. Desaix Clark must decide whether or not the Chief Executive is mentally competent to manage an imminent international crisis that could precipitate World War III

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A world-famous crisis manager, hostage negotiator, national security expert, deputy assistant secretary of state, and psychiatrist is the only man who can save the world from a fiendish multinational plot to restore multinational tension. Author Pieczenik (Blood Heat, 1988, etc.) is a world-famous crisis manager, hostage negotiator, national security expert, former deputy assistant secretary of state, and psychiatrist. While relaxing with a geisha in a Tokyo hot tub after the rigors of a tricky, testy day of binational negotiations, Desaix Clark is landed with a particularly tricky problem. Why has the corpse of America's leading expert in Russian studies come crashing through the shoji screen from the room next door? And, come to think of it, why was the dead Russophile sent to Japan with Clark's negotiating team when he should have been in Washington, where the post-Bush administration is coping with a Russian-American face-off in Germany? And who on earth would use tooth-protecting fluoride as a murder weapon? Clark finds, when he returns to the States, that the answers to these and other alarming questions all have something to do with matching secret plots in both Washington and Moscow, which also have something to do with a plot to prove the President insane when he's actually just suffering from the same rare medical syndrome that Abraham Lincoln might have had. About the only person the sexually irresistible Dr. Clark can find whom he can trust as he battles the diabolical bureaucrats in the effort to save the world is the attractive, sometime sapphic chief of the President's security detail. As Clark shoots his way through the decadent federal city, the president of the Russian Republic is pursued by a deadly descendant of the beloved poet Pushkin. Heats up every once in a great long while. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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