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Philip Dru: Administrator Paperback – April, 2003

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ISBN-13: 978-1404355071 ISBN-10: 1404355073

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" difference between House and other authors of fantasy fiction was his attempts to put his principles into practice by insinuating himself at the right hand of power. Another was that House responded to political developments in terms of his own utopian fiction. Time and again in his diary House recorded events and related them to passages in Dru. Indeed, he was so pleased with apparent correlations that he later allowed his biographer to reveal his secret identity as Dru's author. His imaginary hero enacted tariff reduction, graduated income tax, and something akin to a federal reserve system, all of which became law under Wilson--without the dictatorship."
--Charles Seymour, The Intimate Papers of Colonel House, vol. 1 1926

"House never lost touch with his fictional hero. For example, in March 1917, while ruminating over the probability of a U.S. declaration of war with Germany, House wrote in his diary, "Philip Dru expresses my thoughts and aspirations .... Perhaps the most valuable work I have done in that direction has been in influencing the president." Two months later he proposed that Britain allow America to take an option on British battleships after the war in return for the United States building destroyers to defeat the German submarine menace. While awaiting British approval, which never came, he wrote, "This plan touches closely upon the proposal I made in Philip Dru." In his book, the United States and England welcome Germany as an equal partner in an alliance, thus cementing "the comity of nations, a lasting and beneficent peace, and the acceptance of the principle of the brotherhood of man." This was certainly a far cry from the actual wartime situation in 1917."
--House Diary, 19 May 1917

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About the Author

Edward Mandell House (July 26, 1858 March 28, 1938) was an American diplomat, politician, and presidential advisor. Commonly known by the purely honorific title of Colonel House, although he had no military experience, he had enormous personal influence with U.S. President Woodrow Wilson as his foreign policy advisor until Wilson removed him in 1919. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404355073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404355071
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on May 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
_Philip Dru_ is an extremely obscure political tract written in 1911 by "Colonel" Edward Mandell House, a key advisor to Woodrow Wilson and FDR. This is what makes the book so shocking. The book advocates the violent overthrow of the constitutional government and proposes a communist/socialist system as its replacement. Considering that the man who wrote this book had such a close position to the president, it's no surprise that some of the ideas in this book eventually became public policy.
Philip Dru, the main character, is a West Point graduate who eventually resigns his post and becomes involved in social problems. Dru is chosen to lead an army against the U.S. government led by a puppet president. When Dru gains control he throws the Constitution out the window and nationalizes industries such as the telegraph (remember, it's 1911) and makes corporations subservient to government. He promises a job to every American, and rewrites the state constitutions. Watch for the part where Senator Selwyn talks about how he used direct marketing, etc., to get his man elected as president. Most of what he used is standard operating procedure today. In this book, the people revolt over what he does!
I give the book a low rating because the style is absolutely atrocious. Forget about any kind of character development. It is a poor attempt to wrap up a political treatise to make it palatable to the average joe. If you can get around the cruddy style, there is some gold to be found. This edition is a reprint by the John Birch Society. Give it a shot!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Southern Abintra on March 28, 2009
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Adolph Hitler's "Mein Kampf" was poorly written, too, but no one would doubt it's importance. So it is with "Philip Dru: Administrator".

Certain facts, once denied, reveal how we, as a nation, got so far off track. One of those facts is the collusion between International Bankers, Monopoly Capitalists and Fabian Socialist Edward Mandell House.

This collusion resulted in the unconstitutional privatizing of our monetary system, under the guise of the Federal Reserve. The dangerous nature of the Federal Reserve is best summed up by the patriarch of one International Banking family:

"Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild.

The importance of "Philip Dru: Adminstrator" is the insight into the mindset of those who believe in the New World Order, once denied, now freely discussed.

It is a testament to the dangerously effective "gradualist" subversion that America has been subjected to over the last 100 years. The "incremental" Socialism promoted by the Fabian Society since 1884...a little more each generation, leading us to their goal:

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened."
- Norman Thomas, American socialist

"Make haste slowly" - Fabian Society Maxim.

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Marc Chu on February 20, 2007
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After hearing and reading a number of astonishing things about this book, I had to give it a read. What I found was not exactly what I expected. While some sources have described the Dru character as a "sinister dictator", the truth is not quite so interesting. The book itself is nowhere near as interesting.

Upon opening the book to the table of contents, one can't help but take notice of the number of chapters in this book. There are 53 chapters in just 173 pages! For those of you who don't have a math minor, that's a little over 3 pages per chapter. And for some reason, many of the chapters are explicit continuations of the chapter before. What was the point of this? Why not keep the two chapters a single chapter?

Needless to say, the writing here is atrocious. The plot is paper-thin, the characters don't develop one iota, and a romance sub-plot rears its ugly head on the last two pages of the book! How was this book published? Why was it put into print? Therein lies the intrigue.

While it was anonymously written at the time, it is today well-known that the author of this book was Colonel Edward Mandell House (he gives a little hint in the text when two characters meet at Mandell House [yeesh!]), who was the virtual co-president of the United States with Woodrow Wilson. Wilson admitted time and again that House was his "alter ego", even to the point that House was given accomodations in the White House. Why is all this important?

Philip Dru leads a revolution against the United States government. Not a bad thing in and of itself, if the reasons had been more compelling. What happens in the aftermath, however, brings shudders to students of history. Philip Dru becomes dictator of the United States, without too much reservation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J.L. Populist on February 18, 2009
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This book as a work of fiction is weak, and not good in any sense. If I were to rate it as fiction 1 star would be generous.
The author himself admitted that he released it without refining it because he felt that he had more pressing needs in politics.
"In regard to Philip Dru, I want to say that there are some things in it I wrote hastily and in which I do not concur, but most of it I stand upon as being both my ethical and political faith."- Edward House, 1916.

The most valuable material in this book is found in the Appendices.
Those materials came from House's personal papers.

The Foreword sets out to illustrate the importance of PHILIP DRU:ADMINISTRATOR as insight into politics because of the author and his influence on Woodrow Wilson. He was an unofficial adviser for most of Wilson's administration and was very instrumental in Wilson's presidential campaign.

The fundamental importance of this book is historical and political.
Some of the positions that Dru held in the book were later supported by Wilson. Of Edward Mandell House, Woodrow Wilson said this- "Mr. House is my second personality. He is my independent self. His thoughts and mine are one. I would do just as he suggested..If any one thinks he is reflecting my opinion by whatever action he takes, they are welcome to the conclusion." Quote from page 257.
The relevance of the book is based on the author and the influence that he had on American politics and one particular president. Due to their close friendship, I would think it highly likely that Wilson read the book.

If you're looking for good,well written political fiction this book is not likely to satisfy you.
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