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1960 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

Advise and Consent by Allen Drury


Publisher: Collins

Length: 638 pages

About: 1950’s Washington constitutional politics uncovered

Style: 3rd person

Where: US (Washington DC)

When: late 1950s



Publisher’s synopsis:

The appointment of a new secretary of state sparks off a fierce battle for power when old-guard conservatives refuse to support a candidate they consider a closet Communist. The deciding vote lies with a freshman senator whom both sides are very keen to ensure makes the 'right choice'. The title of the book comes from Article II, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives the Senate the responsibility to advise the president about nominees and the authority to consent to (approve or reject) those nominations.



’You know what we think.  We think this appointment could be one of great importance to the world, one which could do great god for the world. But we also think it could cause trouble in the world and could precipitate difficulties in the world.’




..It is a melodrama. But it is an effective melodrama what used to be called in the movies “ a cliffhanger”. …..No knowledge of American politics is needed to make for profitable reading of this highly entertaining and informative piece of work.

Times Literary Supplement 12th January 1960


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About the author

Born 2 September 1918, Houston, Texas, USA A former reporter in The New York Times's Washington bureau, Drury quit the paper when his novel of political intrigue, Advise & Consent, became a bestseller. It won a 1960 Pulitzer Prize, became a Broadway play and was basis for Otto Preminger's Advise & Consent (1962). He completed his final work, the novel "Public Men," two weeks before he died on 2 September 1998, San Francisco, California, USA  



















































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