The Gentleman from Maryland: The Conscience of a Gay Conservative

Robert Bauman, Author Arbor House Publishing $17.95 (276p) ISBN 978-0-87795-686-0
Claiming that financial need compelled him to publish this ""near-perfect Greek tragedy'' of a life ``flawed by a great weakness,'' ex-Congressman Bauman reveals with relentless candor the alcoholic and homosexual behavior that led to the ruin of his political career and marriage. His story is engrossing both on a personal level and as an expose of Washington's gay sceneto which, he maintains, belong government, professional and corporate leaders of all political casts. While admitting his guilt, Bauman alleges that his indictment for sexual solicitation and attendant activities, based on evidence from paid FBI informants, was politically motivated by the Carter administration, ``Tip'' O'Neill and by a Maryland senator who considered him a potential rival. Now practicing law, Bauman still suffers from rejection of his professional talents and from social prejudice, he stresses, and, as a Roman Catholic, finds little comfort in his religion's ambivalent stance toward homosexuality. (August 27)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1986
Release date: 08/01/1986
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