Book :: All the King's Men

All the King's Men
By: Robert Penn Warren
Pages: 438
Published: 1946
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Politics
American
Award(s): Pulitzer Prize (1947)
Rating: (4)

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Restored and reintroduced by literary scholar Noel Polk, a new edition of one of the most famous works in the history of American fiction tells the story of Willie Stark, whose obsession with political power leads to the ultimate corruption of his gubernatorial administration. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

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Truly wasn't interested in reading this---but it was on the list--and what a very pleasant surprise! I loved it!

Dec 31st, 2017

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Dec 12th, 2014

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How do you judge a man who blackmails his political rivals to achieve better outcomes for the less well off in his constituency? This novel brings into doubt the adage that the ends justifies the means. Jack Burden rarely questions his own actions even when they involve digging up the dirt on a long-time family friend. I was left with the feeling that many of the characters were morally bankrupt and that the more they were involved in the machinations of politics the less they saw the consequences of their actions. And in this novel there are definitely consequences.

Sep 16th, 2014

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