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In High Places

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  1,452 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
As events bubbles to a scalding boil, leaders of two great nations fought in desperate secrecy to keep the lid on the world. Bartering, backstabbing, browbeating, bribing...and praying for a little more weight to throw on the delicate balance of international power. This is a novel of men at the summit, their bold deals and soiled souls -- and their women, clutching at fev ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Dell (first published 1961)
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Aug 07, 2012 Vismay rated it liked it
Finally, it happens not only in India!!!!! With ‘In High Places’, Arthur Hailey describes the power struggle that takes place between warring political parties of Canada with each day bringing in new skirmishes and political maneuvers to haggle over.

Though the Indian Lok Sabha maybe the epitome of ruckus with verbal blusters, sher-o-shayeris to woo the opposition, high theatrics when a point is not agreed to, the walkovers, the marshalling out, the general pandemonium in the house leaving an utt
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
Arthur Hailey is popularly known for his book 'Airport'. I do not own it, neither have I read it. Of course, I woild love to read it but to everything there is a time. So, I will wait. For now, let us talk about 'In High Places'. What a brilliant story. I recommend it to everyone who loves politics.

The Country. It is based in Canada. Battle lines have been drawn between the ruling party of James Howden and the Opposition party led by Hon. Bonar Deitz. They are divided on various fundamental iss
Chaitanya Somalwar
May 17, 2014 Chaitanya Somalwar rated it liked it
Well Arthur Hailey was recommended to me by a friend who spoke rather highly of his writing prowess. So, when I got my hands on ' In High Places', I definitely was very excited. The book describes the political career of the Prime Minister of Canada James Howden,' the man whose destiny hangs on a scrap of paper' as the book summary suggests. The initial part of the book portrayes events which seem unrelated at that moment but are intricately related in the latter part of the book. The plot of th ...more
May 09, 2016 Gab rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Hailey became one of my favourite authors when I read Moneychangers. That novel set the expectations so high, that may be I expected much more from the novel that is considered his best work. It has a brilliant plot, no doubt. The first half of the book is very exciting. But by the end of it I found it repetitive and boring. It was like taking a drama to the highest level, keep it there until it gets boring and then abruptly declare the end. There is way too much time spent on Duval's sto ...more
Kristi Lamont
Jun 14, 2013 Kristi Lamont rated it did not like it
I cannot believe my brother reminded me of this stupid book yet again. The whole freaking thing was a build-up to . . .


In the end, it left me asking the question, "Why Canada? Why does it even exist? It is the ultimate build-up to nothing!!"

Karthik R
Feb 20, 2011 Karthik R rated it it was amazing
A really interesting book about politics. Love Arthur Hailey's books.
M.J. Perry
May 16, 2017 M.J. Perry rated it liked it
This is one of Hailey's earlier works and not one of his better known. It was written before he developed his style of focusing on the day to day work life of ordinary people however, his gift of finding the very interesting in the very common is just beginning to make itself evident. The story is of Canadian politics in the early 1960s against the background of the cold war (which is heating up) and a Canadian society that struggles in establishing its identity--especially as that identity rela ...more
Apr 22, 2011 Pawan rated it really liked it

“In High Places” was probably one of the first fictional thrillers on Government functioning that I had read. I had just discovered Arthur Hailey as a good author and this was probably second or third book of Hailey that I had picked up. In later years, I have read many of such books based on US or India. Even though the book is set in Canada, it really gave me a perspective on functioning of democratic government and what kind of things leaders have to face. The b
Ashika Charan
Feb 17, 2017 Ashika Charan rated it liked it
i found it ok...if you like politics than this book is for you!.
Oct 12, 2013 Girish rated it liked it
Arthur Hailey's In High Places is a political drama that keeps it real. And keeping it real has it's consequences I guess - in that it is what you see everyday in your newspapers, only from the other side.

The book gives an insider view of the Canadian Government and it's opposition and the day to day politics that we use to dismiss it as murky. Set in the time of Cold war, most of the politics and threats is something the present day reader cannot relate to easily. The characters are real and t
Aug 04, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
A gripping novel. It's the first Arthur Hailey novel that I've read, so I didn't know what to expect. I don't think I would have read it if I hadn't found it lying around the house with other books from my mum's school days. the reviews caught my attention and I don't regret reading it. The scene at the end of the novel, which was supposed to be the culmination of all that had taken place throughout, was left suspended. This was frustrating but I found that I could live with it since the events ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Venkateswaran rated it liked it
Lots of loose threads hanging, the book needs a 2nd part to round off. What happens to the election, what happens to the Brian/Milly relationship, what happens in the US over the same bill? These and many more unanswered questions.

The pace was not very fast, and not enough details to describe politics. The length of the book was comparable to his other books, but the industry under question is infinitely more complicated.
Karen Haaland
Jan 01, 2017 Karen Haaland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will this book ever become a reality?

If you are into politics this book is for you. The election we just went through makes this book seem more possible than it was when it was published. You see a lot of what happens in Canadian government but it also includes U.S. government too. While some of the other books that Arthur Hailey has written are more interesting this one is also good. You will have a real surprise ending.
Nov 16, 2011 Rajesh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The way it appears to me Hailey has this habit of attention to detail. In depth description of well rounded characters. What held me from giving this a 5* is the contentious issue the prime minister is dealing with. But then this was a book written at a time when the issue was pretty gripping to write about.
Nov 20, 2012 Rsraob rated it liked it
This is my third book of Arthur Hailey. Now I am sure can say he is the Spielberg of books. Too many point of views, and eventually nobody taking the spot light. The other two books(Final Diagnosis & Money Changers) have a clear ending. But he left this one in cliff hanger. Obviously he couldn't come up with a solution, though I was hoping he has arrived at one.
Sharon Anne Beers
Feb 17, 2016 Sharon Anne Beers rated it really liked it
This book is about how politics can affect the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. This Arthur Hailey novel displays skillful writing and good characterizations. They may be dated, but they are worth your time.
Krishna Kumar
May 01, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it it was ok
The book is about the happenings in the life of the Canadian Prime Minister and his government. This was written in 1960 at the height of the Cold War and many events address some of the critical issues at that time. Should feel a little outdated now.
Iris AE
Feb 19, 2016 Iris AE rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced, nicely constructed Cold War Novel. Ending a bit disappointing, as there is no concrete conclusion.
It is outdated, however still probably true in terms of how politics work: it's a game, and it's calculated.
Aug 24, 2013 Sandeep rated it it was amazing
In high places is a fabulous sculpt of intelligent imagination and by all stretch would have been possible around the time when it was written!

Immersive, gripping and a snappy read- It's a tale relevant in the world of politics even today.

I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Apr 08, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Don't remember a thing about this book. Surprised I even read it. On the other hand, I am glad I experienced a book of this genre that was good enough to produce this reaction from my notes: Very attention getting and enjoyable.
Sofiia Kondrashova
Nov 14, 2015 Sofiia Kondrashova rated it liked it
Роман вартий уваги читачів. Детально прописані характери та сюжетні лінії. До останніх сторінок залишалась інтрига. Брудна політика 50х років і сьогодення, все без змін.Світ об'єднується проти знаного агресора.
Jul 30, 2011 Maria rated it did not like it
Boring, boring, boring... I can`t believe it`s written by Arthur Hailey ! ...more
Dave Jones
Oct 21, 2010 Dave Jones rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Probably the best story I read by Mr. Hailey (or Moneychangers). An inside look into the upper levels of Canadian politics. (Mr. Hailey is Canadian.)
Gopinath Radhakrishnan
Aug 29, 2012 Gopinath Radhakrishnan rated it really liked it
My first Arthur Hailey, it introduced me to a new world of politics, i hate politics, but this book made me think otherwise.
Aug 01, 2014 Samruddhi rated it it was ok
No where as close to being as gripping as the author's other novel - Airport.
Politics rocks
Chris Marsh
Some political novels age well. This one--from 1961--isn't one of them.
Srikanth R
Feb 01, 2014 Srikanth R rated it really liked it
a very good book.. not the best of arthur but definitely a good book.. he has maintained a decent pace throughout the book.. gives you an insight into politics...worth a read
Kathy Chung
Apr 11, 2011 Kathy Chung rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
good read..could have been better
Nagesh SK
Oct 16, 2016 Nagesh SK rated it it was ok
Could not finish
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Arthur Hailey was a British/Canadian novelist. After working at a number of jobs and writing part-time, he became a writer full-time during 1956, encouraged by the success of the CBC television drama, Flight into Danger (in print as Runway Zero Eight ). Following the success of Hotel in 1965, he moved to California; followed by a permanent move to the Bahamas in 1969.

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