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|Jack Burden is the former newspaperman
who learns from Gov. Willie Stark the extent to which flowers grow in manure and that good
in man's fallen state must come from evil. Based on the life of Huey Long, Stark is one of
the greatest of American literary creations. The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1947.
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All the King's
by Robert Penn Warren
by George Orwell
|A farm is taken over by its mistreated
animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of
progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric
fables ever penned -- a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution
from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
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|First published in 1979, A Bend in the River is a
profound and richly observed novel of the politics and society of postcolonial Africa.
Salim, a young Indian man, moves to a town on a bend in the river of a recently
independent nation. As Salim strives to establish his business, he comes to be
closely involved with the fluid and dangerous politics of the newly created state, the
remnants of the old regime clashing inevitably with the new.
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A Bend in the
by V. S. Naipaul
Me by Jimmy (Big Boy) Valente, Governor of Minnesota
by Garrison Keillor
|You don't need to know squat about wrestler - turned -
governor Jesse (The Body) Ventura to read Keillor's book about Gov. Jimmy (Big Boy)
Valente--he'll have you doubled up gasping for air, whether you like it or not. Writing in
wrestle-speak unleashes Keillor's more rampageous comic impulses. He writes like Joe Bob
Briggs, Ethan Coen, Hunter Thompson, and the young tall-tale-teller Mark Twain (whose
characters the Duke and the Dauphin he steals).
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|Is it real, or is it politics. Maybe it's a
little of both. Written by a member of the 1992 Clinton campaign team, the president
was reported to be none too happy with this interesting piece of fiction. There is
no word on how the First Lady reacted. Yet Primary Colors, whether based on Bill
Clinton & friends or not, paints a convincing portriat of the characters, complete
with idealism and flaws, heroism and cowardice, that populate the "behind - the -
scenes" political world. It is truly the kind of story that you couldn't
believe if it were true.
A Novel of Politics
A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
|After the success of 'A Clockwork Orange', Burgess
lamented the fact that it was the most popular novel he ever wrote. His inability to
understand its success may be one of the things that makes it great. Set in the
distant future, it is the first-person account of a fifteen-year-old street thug who
undergoes state - sponsored brain washing for his criminal behavior. For years, this
version was not available in the U.S., the American publisher preferring to leave out the
last chapter which shows the now mature 19-year-old reconsidering his ways of the past.
|Newspeak, doublethink, thoughtcrime--in 1984, George
Orwell created a whole vocabulary of words concerning totalitarian control that have since
passed into our common vocabulary. More importantly, he has portrayed a chillingly
credible dystopia. In our deeply anxious world, the seeds of unthinking conformity are
everywhere in evidence; and Big Brother is always looking for his chance.
by George Orwell
The People's Choice
by Jeff Greenfield
|When conservative President-elect MacArthur Foyle dies
in a freak accident four days after the election, it seems as if the next leader of the
United States will be his running mate, Ted Block, whose frequent verbal mishaps are no
doubt intended to remind readers of some vice - presidential figure or other (wink, wink).
But one electoral representative sets off a wild chain of events when she innocently
asks about some procedural rules....
|Considered an idiot because of his physical
infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus,
Tiberius, and the Mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D. A
by Robert Graves
Balance of Power : A Novel
by James W. Huston
|The Washington Post Book World, Patrick Anderson
Huston ... handles both battle scenes and courtroom confrontations with skill. The pace is
fast and the suspense is gripping as his story careens toward a guns-blazing,
climax. If you like Tom Clancy, you'll love Balance of Power.
|Bedtime stories will never again be the same- at
least not after reading James Finn Garner, who, in surprisingly true Fairy Godmother
fashion, waved his authorial wand and revised a large collection of fairy tales and
holiday lore in Politically Correct: The Ultimate Storybook. This volume compiles his
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, and Politically
Correct Holiday Stories, examining the many "isms," whether glaringly obvious or
more subtle, inherent in traditional favorites.
Politically Correct, the Ultimate Storybook
by James Finn Garner
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
|"Community, Identity, Stability" is the
motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma,
to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of
entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight,
hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx
feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the
potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow.
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