Sunday, October 15, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017- October Read an Pulitzer Prize Winner

Advise and Consent

The Landmark Masterpiece of Political Fiction

by Allen Drury 
Allan Robertson

I do not like Politics and this is the first book of political fiction I have ever considered. When I chose it I had no idea how many pages it was. I chose an audio book and it was 32 plus hours long! I have been listening for three hours and quite frankly I do not want to listen any more.

``Pulitzer Prize winner 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 won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was on the New York Times Best-Sellers List for 102 weeks. It is a timeless story with clear echoes of today's headlines.``

It sounds good but honestly I can`t get into it. Perhaps it is because I live in Canada.

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