Advise and Consent (Advise and Consent #1)
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 hearings for a liberal Secretary of State and concludes two weeks later, after debate and controversy have exploded this issue into a major crisis.
"I can recall no other novel in which the...more
Rating: 4* of five
The Book Description: 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 hearings for a liberal Secretary of State and concludes two weeks later, after debate and controversy have exploded this issue into a major crisis.
"I can recall no other novel in which there is so well presented a president's dilemma when his awful responsibility for the na...more
I'd always meant to go back and read the (long out of print) book, so I finally slogged through a library copy. It's written in a stilted, antique prose style that's akin to a verbal equivalent of the mid-20th century newscastin...more
But in the last 200 pages, author Allen Drury begins to lose focus and lose steam, and as a result, the book starts to lag. This is so frustrating, given the sheer magnitude and awesomeness that the book began with and carried straight through towards the end. What a shame.
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 weeks!
It is the story of a fictional American...more
If you are into politics (and who isn't these days?) and especially if you'd like to know how Congress -- the Senate in particular -- works, read this. It's a thumping good read i...more
Since I didn't have a copy, I started with what I did have, its sequel, Preserve and Protect. That meant when I did read Advise and Consent, I already knew the ultimate outcome of the story. It wasn't a bad way to re...more
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 quickly 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 that Drury used his time reporting on the Senate in...more
Drury has skills as an observer of humanity and political systems (from a Western centric, white male pov) and knack for humor. He clearly knew about Washington DC. He uses plot movement narrative strategies that kep me interested- built suspense, juxtaposed events to processes in ways that weigh...more
Advise and Consent tells the story of a controversial political nomination. A dying president names Robert Leffingwell—a well-known liberal, a pro...more
Advise and Consent is a big soap opera (which is not a bad thing, in this instance) that’s very loosely based on some pretty scandalous events that took place in the Senate during t...more
I ploughed straight in and made something of a pig’s ear of the first twenty or so pages. What chance had I...more
Another little reading project of mine: as well as reading the best-selling novels of 100 year ago, as I have done this year and last year, I decided to try the best-selling novel of 50 years ago, a political tale by a long-serving Washington journalist, which soon after (1962) became a film starring Henry Fonda and Charles Laughton (the latter's last role before he died).
The plot concerns the nomination of a new Secretary of State by an ailing President...more
I have seen the movie several times and enjoyed it, but the book has so many more rich textures to it that it's worth the read. There were about 200 pages there (at 760 pages, it's a chore in places) where it was impossible to put down. His descriptions of Sen. Brigham Anderson's story are impeccably written.
It's a little dated as references to the evil Russians and the race to the mo...more
I have never missed a major election since I was 18 and only 2 primary votes, in all that time.
Makes you want to stand up and sing the National Anthem. I get goosebumps every time I read selections from it on a library shelf, rereading the best parts. Just like the feeling I get when Harrison Ford, gets on the C-...more
One patron participated in this discussion. We both enjoyed the book very much and had a worthwhile discussion on both the book and the movie. The movie is faithful to the book for the most part with alterations mostly for length. While not written as a fictionalized version of history, the author uses historical events (which he witnessed as a Washington journalist) as inspiration for some of the characters and events. When you know the facts behind this fi...more
- 616 pages overall
- three 'Brigham Anderson's Book' - 277 through 448
- four 'Orrin Knox's Book' - 451 through 600
- five 'Advise & Consent' - 603 through 616
Flashing on "Gone with the Wind" as far as reputation of the book. It's good, it's "fun" but Pulitzer winning? Maybe.
Post suicide - it dragged for me.
Senate majority leader, supreme court justice, & presidential direct involvement in blackmail - not surprising that didn't...more
This is one of the early "inside Washington politics" novels and a darn good one. What I found most interesting was the way in which some aspects of the book perfectly captured the country's mood in the late 1950s while other aspects are as universal as if they had been pulled out of today's papers.
The story revolves around an Alger Hiss-like character who perjures himself and a mirror-image Joseph McCarthy type who is rabid for...more
This is in my top 3 books read of all time, which isn't a large group of books, but I have a feeling i...more
In addition to fulfilling his duties as a reporter, Drury also kept a journal of his views of the Senate and individual senators. In additio...more