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Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Robert Welch University Press; 1st edition (1998)
_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!
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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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.Read more ›
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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