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Advise and Consent Library Binding – January, 1993

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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.

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About the Author

Allen Drury (1918-1998) was an American novelist and journalist. He was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in California where he received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1939. Drury wrote the bestselling Advise and Consent, a political novel that won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books Inc (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568490607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568490601
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,989,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Advise and Consent is the story of the nomination of Robert Leffingwell for Secretary of State, and the battle within the Senate to both defeat him and confirm him. Many of the characters - the majority leader, the President, senators, and Leffingwell himself - bear startling resemblance to political characters in history such as Sen. Robert Taft, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Alger Hiss.
Advise and Consent is one of my favorite novels for two reasons. First, it offers the best fictional "inside Washington" account, probably ever. Secondly, each character is defined expertly and painstakingly; you will rarely find better characterization in a novel then in Advise and Consent. If you're a politico, or if you're simply looking to read about complex, intelligent people with clearly defined, and sometimes insidious, goals, read Advise and Consent.
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Format: Library Binding
I first read Mr. Drury's entire "Advise/Consent" series of novels when in high school and have read each book several times again since, for the pure enjoyment of it all. All books in this series were well written, with great plots and characters. One could not help but feel as if one was part of the story. The plots could very well be characterizations of today's leaders and situations, both racial and political. Also, the way Mr. Drury split off into 2 story-lines on how each presidency would look had one man lived and the other died in the last novel of this series was pure genius and writing at its best!! The "Advise and Consent" novel was a VERY GOOD and EXCELLENT story of how the Senate goes about its business and the viciousness of politics. It was very exciting and a very fast read, NOT BORING as Mr. Leffingwell would have us all believe. For a good companion to this first novel, I would highly recommend the movie version of "Advise and Consent," starring Henry Fonda.
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Format: Paperback
Allen Drury, a former AP reporter wrote this novel in 1959 and it instantly became a bestseller and deserving winner of the Pulitzer Prize. No one else since Drury has been able to capture political institutions as they are to construct a compelling story. In the end "Advise And Consent" would spawn five sequels that proved equally compelling as well.
Sadly, Allen Drury's stature as an author has always been downplayed by critics because alone among authors, he was a political conservative who often used his novels to make devastating indictments of the liberal news media and liberal politicians. And this is something that most critics always use as an excuse to condemn Drury's writings (there is never any similar litmus test applied by critics when it comes to the rampant leftism of an author like Gore Vidal). And yet, go through Drury's "Advise And Consent" series and you will find more insights into 1960s America than you will find from any other novelist.
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Format: Hardcover
Advise and Consent is a Pulitzer Prize winner that's sat on my shelf for many years. It's always seemed interesting, but 760 (long) pages is always daunting to me. I think that the current election season, though, got me in the mood to tackle it, and I'm glad that it did. It's been one of the best reads of the summer.

Advise and Consent is a big soap opera (which is not a bad thing, in this instance) that's very loosely based on some pretty scandalous events that took place in the Senate during the McCarthy Era (look up Sens. Lester Hunt, Styles Bridges, and Herman Welker when you're finished reading the novel). Events are set into motion when, at a precarious point in the Cold War, the President nominates a controversial diplomat, Robert Leffingwell, to be his new Secretary of State.

The appointment shocks everyone on both sides of the aisle. The Majority Leader, Bob Munson, starts working to set people in line to assure Leffingwell's passage, while his opposition, a wily Southern Senator named Seab Cooley, begins conniving to topple the slick nominee's chances. For the first almost-third of the book, that's about all that happens. It's pleasant enough, with a 1950's sense of humor and some decently drawn (though occasionally stereotypical) characters, but to be honest, the book felt for a while like it might just be a civics lesson masquerading as a novel. I was wrong.

Sen. Brigham Anderson is appointed to head a subcommittee to investigate and question the nominee, and all hell breaks loose. I won't say what all happens, but the political and personal stakes end up being much higher than anyone expected when Leffingwell was nominated.
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Format: Paperback
One of the more enduring books of American literature, Advise and Consent appears to withstand the test of time. Well written, very gripping and a real page turner, it was no surprised that many people even today, would pick up this book to read. There was a movie based on this book which was also pretty good.
This is however a first book in a series although it can be a stand alone book. I would probably recommended that since the series can be somewhat of a let down after a such a fine novel. Technically speaking, the series that follows Advise and Consent branched off to two separate direction. One direction leads the United States into ruins while other direction leads the United States into victory and renewal over our enemies. The situation can get pretty soap opera-like and after you are done, it also felt bit dated.
Thus, I would recommended that you stick with this book alone and forget the series.
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