THE TOP TEN Political Novels
Here are 10 classic political novels, from 1984 to To Kill a Mockingbird. What would you add? E-mail me to add to the list.
George Orwell's reverse utopia, written in 1949, introduces Big Brother and other concepts like newspeak and thoughtcrime. In this imagined future, the world is dominated by three totalitarian superpowers.
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley explores a utopian World State where children are born in laboratories and adults are encouraged to eat, drink and be merry as they take their daily dose of
Advise and Consent
A bitter battle ensues in the Senate during confirmation hearings for the Secretary of State nominee in this Pulitzer prize-winning classic by Allen Drury. The former AP reporter wrote this novel in 1959; it quickly became a bestseller and has withstood the test of time. First book in a series.
All the King's Men
As relevant today as when it was written 50 years ago, Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about American politics traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character who resembles the real-life Huey Long of Louisiana.
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Joseph Heller mocks war, the military and politics in this classic satire which also introduced a new phrase to our lexicon.
In Ray Bradury's classic dystopia, firemen don't put out fires : they burn books, which are illegal. And citizens are encouraged not to think or reflect, but instead
Lord of the Flies
William Golding's classic tale shows how thin the veneer of civilization might be as it explores what happens in the absence of rules and order. Is man essentially good or not?
Richard Condon's controversial 1959 Cold War thriller tells the story of Sgt. Raymond Shaw, an ex-prisoner of war (and winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor). Shaw was brainwashed by a Chinese psychological expert during his captivity in North Korea and has come home programmed to kill a U.S. presidential nominee. The 1962 movie was taken out of circulation for 25 years following the 1963 assassination of JFK.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee explores attitudes towards race and class in the Deep South of the 30s through the eyes of eight-year-old Scout Finch,
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