Fake Smiles is a graceful, moving and reflective memoir of a contentious father-son relationship set against the backdrop of the Eisenhower and Nixon eras... As Michael Lynton writes about the book, "...It provides unique insights into the times and a great behind-the-scenes look at one of the most interesting and tumultuous presidential administrations of our time."
Praise for Fake Smiles
“In this deeply personal and poignant memoir, Tony Rogers describes the political, personal, and psychological challenges of growing up in the sixties with a powerful establishment father. It's a moving and very memorable tale, one that can help all of us better understand the issues of family, country, and finding your way. ”—Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute, Author of Steve Jobs and Kissinger: A Biography, Former managing editor of Time
“This is a wonderful memoir. It provides unique insights into the times and a great behind-the-scenes look at one of the most interesting and tumultuous presidential administrations of our time. And it also presents a well-crafted and beautifully written account of family life in that period and one individual's brave and thoughtful journey. It is also a great story of a father and a son and their relationship at a difficult time for the nation and for family life in general as mores and habits were changing. The book is a pleasure to read and it stays with you for a very long time. ” —Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, Former chairman and CEO Pearson's Penguin Group (Penguin)
“Tony Rogers has written a lovely coming-of-age memoir, about a life of unusual privilege; and, because his father had been attorney general during the Eisenhower administration and secretary of state under Richard Nixon, a life filled with lessons in survival and moral choices. His story is full of fascinating encounters—Robert Frost was a visitor, Senator Joseph McCarthy tried to teach him boxing—but it's above all a deeply moving account of the awkward competition, and affection, between father and son during an extraordinary era in America.” —Jeffrey Frank, Former senior editor of The New Yorker, Author of Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage