Advise and Consent

Advise and Consent

by Allen Drury
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Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148177944
Publisher: WordFire Press
Publication date: 02/24/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 690
Sales rank: 119,655
File size: 1 MB

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Advise and Consent 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have returned to this book many times over the years and it is still one of the finest political novels ever written. Granted, the subject matter may be a little dated now. The current scandals are so much nastier and intimate that the troubled Senator in this book may seem more foolish than tormented but that is NOW. In the time this book was written, I expect his dark secret would have been every bit as dangerous as he thought and he is forced to deal with blackmail and the confirmation of a candidate. But this is just a first step on a wonderful journey. In this book we learn the characters in the Senate and come to love or hate their honor or lack thereof. This series continues with these same characters but focusing (in turn) on the United Nations, a political convention, an assassination and an election. The series ends in a truly unique way - with two books and two possible endings. I've read a million books in my lifetime, this series is the best.
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