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Satirist and novelist Christopher Buckley also has worked as a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. After leaving the White House, he wrote “The White House Mess,” a satire. His 1994 novel, “Thank You for Smoking,” is a hilarious look at the life of a tobacco lobbyist; it was made into a successful film in 2005. Buckley has also satirized Washington in “Little Green Men,” “No Way to Treat a First Lady” and “Florence of Arabia.” His most recent novel is “The Relic Master” (Simon & Schuster), an adventure full of political wit set in 1517 and featuring Dismas, a relic hunter who procures “authentic” religious relics for his clients.