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Corridors of Power (Strangers and Brothers #9)

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The corridors and committee rooms of Whitehall are the setting for the ninth in the 'Strangers and Brothers' series. They are also home to the manipulation of political power.

Roger Quaife wages his ban-the-bomb campaign from his seat in the Cabinet and his office at the Ministry. The stakes are high as he employs his persuasiveness.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 8th 2000 by House of Stratus (first published 1964)
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Jan 05, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing
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I have often wondered how great it would be to have invented a phrase that enters the English language. The "Corridors of Power" is one such example of a phrase. To an English person, little more description is needed other than 'the corridors of power' to convey exactly what is meant. The corridors of power are where policy occurs. Options are considered, decisions are made, and resources are deployed. It is the hub of government.

And that is what the book is about - it is a story from the hub o
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May 03, 2007 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! well, maybe folks that like a good long detailed read?
I remember these books (3 volumes - 11 novels) as simply thrilling writing. I read this series nearly 25 years ago but it still comes down to one of the best reads of all. The author, Mr. Snow, was educated as a physicist but always intended to be a novelist and these novels show an amazing attention to detail with such lovely turns or phase and description. The characters are carefully drawn, the language rich and characters that people these volumes are wonderfully human and humane. The series ...more
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May 21, 2013 Edwin Lang rated it it was amazing
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I have been reading C P Snow's series Strangers and Brothers for about a year. There is something in each of them that intrigues me and something in the series that keeps me captivated. I think of all I have read to date it's been his The Corridor of Power that has resonated most within me. I guess, regardless of our walk in life and our profession, political stuff happens - we're invariably immersed in it no matter how hard we might try to avoid it - in both the corporate and personal spheres ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Mikee rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, classical, book. Classical because Snow speaks essential truths and makes the effort to develop the "backstory" in as much detail as needed without losing sight of the main plot. The main line is a debate about what to do about nuclear weapons in midcentury England, centering on Parliament, where "the first priority is to assume power, and the second is to know what to do with it". It accurately describes the maneuvering, shifting alliances and double etendres inherent in democratic ...more
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Jun 01, 2015 Ali Miremadi rated it liked it
good stuff but probably only compelling if you love the world of British politics. fascinating to read from someone active in the civil service at the time that so many of the Civil Service had been opposed not only to Britain developing the bomb during the war but were also opposed to Suez later too.
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Aug 19, 2012 Malcolm Noble rated it really liked it
I am most comfortable reading the old UK bookclub (Companion BC) of this one. The first edition feels a little clumsy to me, and it's not a book you'd want to read in paperback. Lovely atmosphere of political London and Snow presents his narrator as a true spectator/observer. Very well written, of course. A novel you can read over and over again
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Feb 03, 2016 Toby Oliver rated it really liked it
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I first read this many years ago and recently re-visited it, a well written political novel that hasn't lost anything during the intervening years, the wheeler dealing, and the manipulation of political power are timeless.
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Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow, Kt., CBE, was an English physical chemist and novelist who also served in several important positions in the British Civil Service and briefly in the UK government. He is best known for his series of novels known collectively as Strangers and Brothers, and for The Two Cultures, a 1959 lecture in which he laments the gulf between scientists and "literary intellectual ...more
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