The #1 New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Allen Drury's Advise and Consent is one of the high points of 20th Century literature, a seminal work of political fiction-as relevant today as when it was first published. A sweeping tale of corruption and ambition cuts across the landscape of Washington, DC, with the breadth and realism ...
The #1 New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Allen Drury's Advise and Consent is one of the high points of 20th Century literature, a seminal work of political fiction-as relevant today as when it was first published. A sweeping tale of corruption and ambition cuts across the landscape of Washington, DC, with the breadth and realism that only an astute observer and insider can convey. Allen Drury has penetrated the world's stormiest political battleground-the smoke-filled committee rooms of the United States Senate-to reveal the bitter conflicts set in motion when the President calls upon the Senate to confirm his controversial choice for Secretary of State. This novel is a true epic showing in fascinating detail the minds and motives of the statesmen, the opportunists, the idealists. From a Senate old-timer's wily maneuvers, a vicious demagogue's blistering smear campaign, the ugly personal jealousies that turn a highly qualified candidate into a public spectacle, to the tragic martyrdom of a presidential aspirant who refuses to sacrifice his principles for his career-never has there been a more revealing picture of Washington's intricate political, diplomatic, and social worlds. Advise and Consent is a timeless story with clear echoes of today's headlines. Includes Allen Drury's never-before-published original preface to Advise and Consent, his essay for the Hoover Institution on the writing of the book, as well as poignant personal memoirs from Drury's heirs.
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This first of 6 books is so good that I have bought a second copy to reread and have sent it to my niece who is a high school teacher.
Fascinating and foreshadowing, ADVISE AND CONSENT tells the behind the scenes story of a Congressional attempt to advise and consent to the nomination by the President of a new Secretary of State. I am now reading the 2nd book in the series, A SHADE OF DIFFERENCE with plot centering around some of the same characters' involvement with the United Nations. This book I am also reading a second time.
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