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In High Places

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  1,033 ratings  ·  26 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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Chaitanya Somalwar
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
Kristi Lamont
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!!"

A really interesting book about politics. Love Arthur Hailey's books.

“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
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
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
Krishna Kumar
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.
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.
Iva Endrychová
Apr 21, 2014 Iva Endrychová rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Iva by: Eva Poláková
O tom jak funguje politika. Skvělá sonda do zákulisního pletichaření. Zvláště, když si uvědomím, jak se tu řešil radar v Brdech...
Srikanth R
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
No where as close to being as gripping as the author's other novel - Airport.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Dave Jones
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.)
Though Arthur Hailey is one of my favourite authors I really didn't like this book. Too many points of view tend to be rather confusing.
Gopinath Radhakrishnan
My first Arthur Hailey, it introduced me to a new world of politics, i hate politics, but this book made me think otherwise.
Boring, boring, boring... I can`t believe it`s written by Arthur Hailey !
Chris Marsh
Some political novels age well. This one--from 1961--isn't one of them.
Interesting look at a possible cold-war Canadian political crisis
Kathy Chung
good read..could have been better
Politics rocks
Enjoyable ..
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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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