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All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
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Sep 03, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, politics, pulitzer
Read in September, 2005

All the King's Men is the story of Jack Burden who, as assistant to Governor Willie Stark, describes the inner workings of the political machine (of which he is an integral part) that consolidates and strengthens Stark's power. The corruption of the Stark administration, and Jack's involvement in that corruption make this a compelling story. But the real power of this book is in the development and portrayal of its characters, especially Jack Burden. The description of his transformation into someone who recognizes his responsibility over the consequences of his choices and actions over a period of several years and 400+ pages is remarkable yet believable.

This is a great book that combines enjoyable and exciting reading, believable character developments, and beautiful descriptions of events, activities, thoughts, feelings, conversations, and surroundings.
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