What’s the greatest book about politics? Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and others weigh in

By Steve Israel | The Washington Post

July 11 marked the 59th anniversary of the release of “Advise & Consent,” Allen Drury’s Pulitzer-winning political novel about a progressive secretary of state nominee with communist ties.

The book, which was later adapted into a movie, was released to widespread praise. When Drury died in 1998, The Washington Post eulogy suggested that he “gave birth to the modern Washington novel.”

The fiction may be timeless, but when I asked America’s leaders to name their favorite political books, I encountered a literary divide that didn’t necessarily reflect party lines. They just couldn’t get on, well, the same page. Still, the responses show a diversity of literary taste.


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