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Advise and Consent Read & Download Û 104 Free read µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Allen Drury Ch there is so well presented a president's dilemma when his awful responsibility for the nation's interest conflicts with a personal code of good morals The New York Times. The United States Senate has the constitutional right to advise and consent to the nomination of the President s selection for Secretary of State This rigorous approval process is the basis for Allen Drury s 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Throughout this massive 656 pages work Drury endeavors to posit both the good and the bad the hectic and shabby but sometimes the moving and noble aspects to America s politicians as well as our governmental system of checks and balances One reason for the novel s length is the development needed for each of Drury s multiple first person narrators The escalating story is told by at least four main characters each of which are fully developed It is tempting to try to link some of the fictitious characters to famous 20th century politicians For example the nominee for Secretary of State can easily be confused with the historical Alger Hiss case in 1948 And the president s health concerns were reminiscent of those with which Franklin Delano Roosevelt struggled during his tenure However Drury provided some important twists to historical characters The hot headed Wyoming senator seems much akin to Joseph McCarthy however he is consumed not by anti communism but rather with a rabid liberal worldview And some aspects to this story seem timeless Politicians are still prone to seek to win the day and destroy their opponents using underhanded and vicious personal attacks The press is portrayed as myopic and one sided in their objective profession Why shouldn t we throw everything we can at anybody who gets in the way However the novel also gives hope that there are still those who will not sell their soul for personal gain and who can be civil even in their disagreements Drury reminds the reader that if our legislative system is reduced to solely Power and Ambition then there is not much difference between American and totalitarian regimes and machinations This novel was powerful and gripping highly recommended

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Advise and Consent Read & Download Û 104 Free read µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Allen Drury ADVISE AND CONSENT is a study of political animals in their natural habitat and is universally recognized as THE Washington novel It begins with Senate confirmation hearing. Allen Drury was for some years the US Senate correspondent for United Press International This gave him a deep background of inside knowledge about the Senate the Washington press corps and the larger national and international political contexts of that day this was published in 1959 in which they operated And like many fiction authors before him journalism honed his professional writing skills In these respects for him writing political fiction was a natural evolution and with my budding interest in politics as a teen I was naturally likely to read his book My curiosity was whetted by having seen the 1962 movie adaptation starring Walter Pidgeon and Henry Fonda on TV the book of course proved to be considerably deeper and substantial than the film and the latter simplifies a great deal and takes various liberties to ratchet up the dramaUnlike most of his press colleagues Drury self identified with the political Right mostly in terms of a strong anti Communism and a preference for a hawkish foreign policy based on a Cold War perception of the Soviet Union as existential menace to humanity and the US as the natural guarantor of the world s freedom and justice Today he would be identified as a neoconservative This outlook constitutes the basic message of the book and grows organically out of the Senate centered plot with a president nominating a liberal intellectual perceived as favoring appeasement of the Soviets for Secretary of State and the Senate having to vote on his confirmation But the novel succeeds as fiction because here Drury doesn t allow the message to take over and replace the story his primary focus is on the characters and their relationships and the study of the dynamics of political decision making He lets his viewpoint be a seasoning for an artistic confection not an in your face obsession that would turn the book into a tract and the characters on all sides of the issues are realistic flesh and blood humans not political cartoonsThe novel is divided into four major parts books each with a different Senator as viewpoint character and a short final section that s a sort of epilogue All of these men the Senate of that day was still almost exclusively a boy s club and the secondary cast as well are excellently drawn some are likeable than others Orrin Knox was the one I liked best and could identify with to a degree but all have foibles Drury s portrayal of the culture of the 1950s Senate the political climate of the Cold War and the kinds of political intrigue that operate when principles are intermixed with personal ambition and self interest strike me as spot on So does his unflattering portrayal of the press corps which was already shaping up as an ideologically monolithic propaganda machine Some aspects are dated for instance Democrats with a position like Drury s on foreign policy would no longer be largely represented in the Senate the terms Democrat and Republican aren t used in the book but the two parties are still clearly identifiable nor would we find Dixiecrats like Seab Cooley from the Jim Crow South there today But for the time that the book was written it s realistic The author writes well and crafts a genuinely involving story He earned his Pulitzer Prize at a time when it still meant somethingGoodreads lists this as 1 in an Advise and Consent series I m not sure Drury actually named the series as such but he did write some five seuels over a period of 16 years all of which I ve read and most of which I ve rated at one star They suffer for one thing from the fact that they all supposedly take place within a period of about two or three years of each other but during the long real time of the writing US political culture changed epochally and it s not possible to see the later books as really part of a consistent setting with the earlier ones Also they move away from the central focus on the Senate the realm Drury knew first hand and was most at home in describing to arenas he knew less well and captures less plausibly But they suffer most from a steadily decreasing literary uality and a steadily rising inverse increase in ideological stridency and loss of temperance and nuance with the characters becoming caricatures and the plots being subsumed by message driven tracts IMO it s a pity the author attempted to write seuels rather than uitting while he was ahead Riffing on the title here and one of the later ones a high school classmate of mine observed that someone should tell Drury Cease and Desist which I thought wasn t a bad idea But this first novel remains a worthy achievement that I d recommend

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Advise and Consent Read & Download Û 104 Free read µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Allen Drury S for a liberal Secretary of State and concludes two weeks later after debate and controversy have exploded this issue into a major crisisI can recall no other novel in whi. One of the burdens of My Big Fat Reading Project see the Writing page on my profile is slogging my way through long tomes like Advise and Consent It was the 4 bestseller in 1959 and went on to be the 1 bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner in 1960 The New York Times Book Review stated Advise and Consent will stand as one of the finest and most gripping political novels of our era The book stayed on that paper s bestseller list for over 100 weeksIt is the story of a fictional American President s attempt to put a new Secretary of State into his cabinet an action which reuires confirmation by the Senate Robert Leffingwell the nominee is seen as an appeaser of Communist Russia by the conservative senators but is a darling of the liberals The fight to get Leffingwell confirmed is down and dirty ruining lives and causing great upheaval in the SenateInterestingly though I was being taught the forms of United States government in high school during the same time the book was popular not much of it stayed with me I had to do a uick review of Congressional terminology and positions but once I got a grip on ranks such as Majority Leader President of the Senate Senior Senator etc the characters and their battles came alive Reading the book then became an education in how the Senate works its relationship to the Presidency the media and the voters back home as well as the daily life of a Senator You could not pay me enough to be a Senator and I was confirmed in my belief that democracy in practice differs widely from its high flown idealsAdvise and Consent is not the pageturner its fans claim it to be but it is a dramatic story still read today and is considered to have started a genre political novels set in Washington DC Allen Drury who started his professional life as a US Senate correspondent for United Press International became a ponderous fiction author His attention to detail drove me to distraction his characterizations are complex but artless and he repeats himself Compared to a civics textbook however the book is wildly exciting and humanized the Congressional men and women we hear about in the newsI am glad I read it The novel did to explain the 1950s and 1960s American views on communism that almost anything else I have read so far


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    Free read µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Allen Drury Allen Drury ô 4 Read [E–pub READ] (Advise and Consent) Lets see a controversial appointment to Secretary of State is voted on by the Senate seems I have heard that somewhere before LOLDialogue was brilliant which is how I judge most books well deserving of the Pulitzer it won a

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    Free read µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Allen Drury [E–pub READ] (Advise and Consent) Allen Drury ô 4 Read One of the burdens of My Big Fat Reading Project see the Writing page on my profile is slogging my way through long tomes like Advise and Consent It was the #4 bestseller in 1959 and went on to be the #1 bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner in 1960 The New York Times Book Review stated Advise and Consent will stand as one of the fin

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    [E–pub READ] (Advise and Consent) I read this book one other time many decades ago probably in high school or when I was in the Navy All I remembered about it was that I had read it once and that it was a political novel about a Senate confirmation battle in Washingto

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    [E–pub READ] (Advise and Consent) Read & Download Advise and Consent “Because of Bob Leffingwell the Administration was going to have a hard time Why couldn’t he have picked any one of ten thousand other outstanding Americans? Why the one most likely to cause trouble?” Sound familiar?

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    [E–pub READ] (Advise and Consent) A strange and thoughtful novel about the nomination of a Secretary of State This is perhaps not an obvious subject for a page turner but this book won the Pulitzer back when it was published in 1959 and was uickly turned into a successful and worthwhile film At moments it even approaches greatness The book focuses on a handful of Senators and their struggles over the confirmation of someone about whom they have their doubts It is clear tha

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  • 09 April 2020
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