Monday, August 12, 2013

The 11 best political books of all time

The Christian Science Monitor published a list of the eleven best political books of all time as determined by the staff of the venerable Washington bookstore, Politics & Prose.

One title on the list:
"All the King’s Men," by Robert Penn Warren

Maybe someday someone will write a better political novel than Robert Penn Warren’s 1947 Pulitzer Prize winner about the rise of Willie Stark (aka “the Boss”), a power-hungry, populist Southern governor, believed to have been modeled on former Louisiana governor and US Sen. Huey Long. But it hasn’t happened yet.
Read about another novel on the list.

All the King's Men appears on Gabe Habash's list of ten of the biggest book adaptation flops, David Blight's list of five outstanding novels about the Civil War era, Heather Brooke's top five list of books on holding power to account, Melanie Kirkpatrick's list of her five favorite novels of political intrigue, and H.W. Brands's five best list of books on truth or just in print; Robert McCrum called it a book to inspire busy public figures.

--Marshal Zeringue