Washington Confidential

by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer,Crown, $3.00.
“A cesspool of drunkenness, debauchery, whoring, homosexuality, municipal corruption . . . protected crime . . . racketeering, pandering and plundering, among anomalous situations found nowhere else on earth.” The authors are referring to the nation’s capital, and the quotation gives a rough indication of the tone and tenor of their report. They write about malfeasance with almost jubilant relish, but they do expose a certain amount of high-powered dirt which might interest the Kefauver Committee. There are also chapters on Washington society, the diplomatic corps, Washington gastronomy, and so on.