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Philip Dru: Administrator

2.45  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  29 reviews
First published (anonymously) in 1912, this novel describes for the overthrow of the U.S. government in favor of a socialist regime. House was an advisor to Presdient Wilson.
Paperback, 140 pages
Published January 16th 2007 by Echo Library (first published November 30th 1911)
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Jul 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
I think the best way to sum up this book is to call it the prequel to Orwell's nightmare world of 1984. If you have read 1984 and wondered how could it get so bad, then just read Philip Dru and you will see how to create a nightmare world controlled by government dictators, I mean "Administrators".

Mr. House is a horrible writer, and getting through this book is a chore. But worse than his writing is his ideas! The novel brings about numerous Marxist ideas to destroy the U.S. Constitution and ind
Ted Gambles
Oct 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, online
Several months ago, I heard Glenn Beck refer to this book. He said it was Woodrow Wilson's favorite book. First, a little bit of the plot line from the book.

The story is about a man, Philip Dru, who leads a revolt against the United States government because it had become too corrupt. After the revolution, he scraps the Constitution and makes himself "Administrator." He then changes every concept of national and state governments to reflect his view of governance.

I had a hard time believing the
Jan 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
The worst book I've ever red in my life; at best its a shoddy preachy novel, at worst its propaganda on how a dictatorship in America would actually be good for the people. A bland hero, powerful yet moronic bankers & corrupt politicians and the hero overthrows the republic while giving himself the title of "Administrator of the Republic". After which he runs a perfect country where he provides for the needy and strikes down the wicked, maintaining himself as Administrator until such time as the ...more
Stephanie Petersen
Dec 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
“Masterful and arrogant wealth, created largely by Government protection of its profits, not content with its domination and influence within a single party, had sought to corrupt them both, and to that end had insinuated itself into the primaries, in order that no candidates might be nominated whose views were not in accord with theirs.”

There's a lot to agree with in this quote from Philip Dru: Administrator, published anonymously in 1912. It describes and indicts a system of political corrupti
Jul 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The edition which I read not only included the story related in the book of how a short military campaign is conducted to overthrow and replace the USA government and replace it with a socialistic form of democracy, it also commented on how the author actual worked in the government of the USA to accomplis these objectives. This was paramount in the administration of Woodrow Wilson but continued into FDR's also. ...more
Marcelo Béjar
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Escrito con el estilo de un secretario de gobierno (lo cual lo fue el autor) nos da una obra que hace como su manifiesto a un sistema político perfecto.
Una maravilla de libro
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Philip Dru: Administrator, Edward M. House, B.W. Huebsch, 1912

A novel of the near future, this is the story of one man’s dictatorship of America, and the taking back of the US from the moneyed special interests.

Philip Dru is your average, smarter than normal, West Point graduate. Stationed in the desert Southwest, Gloria, his girlfriend, and sister of Jack, his best friend, comes for an extended visit. Philip nearly destroys his eyesight when he and Gloria get lost in the hills, and almost die.
May 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Look, dude: it's okay to write a political manifesto. It's not actually necessary to try and force it into the shape of some vague utopian novel; especially if the very concept of plot and characterization escape you. The titular character spends the entire novel breathlessly describing everything from tax reforms to railroad regulation to the superiority of cremation over burial to anyone who will listen. That's everyone, by the way--everyone listens. That's because every single other person on ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2014-reads
After finishing "Philip Dru: Administrator", the best thing I can say about it is that author Edward Mandell House might have created a semi-autobiographical character to explain the political boss system the dominated American politics for nearly half a century. The story of a former West Point graduate who leads a revolution against a corrupt government is not even believable and the 1 million man battle of Elma is laughable. To call the main characters, Dru and Gloria, flat would be an instal ...more
Jun 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Bliss Tew
The book was written in 1911 by Col. Edward Mandell House who later became the closest advisor to President Woodrow Wilson. While the book itself is tedious reading, it is important reading for those who would like to understand American history. Even though the book is a work of fiction it reveals the mind, the ethics, and the political "faith" of the man who wrote it who was himself a secretive individual, a secretive Marxist, working behind the scene to bring about big changes in America in p ...more
Hooper Bring
Dec 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kb
KB said of this: “Foundation? Dune? Three Body Problem? Culture? Hyperion? Forget about it, kid’s stuff. Wake me up when Jeff Bezos adapts a *real* sci-fi novel. Give me the Amazon Prime Philip Dru: Administrator miniseries.”
Eddie Taylor
Ok, so I read this after hearing Glenn Beck talk about it. Honestly, I do not see the big deal? This book was bad. Yes, the subject is bad, but the writing is horrible.


A guy overthrows the US gov't and becomes a benevolent dictator (but don't all dictators claim to be benevolent?). He sets about writing a new constitution with limited representation within the judicial and legislative bodies, and, abolishes the current supreme court in favor of a series of courts through out the country. He th
T. Perry
Dec 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to T. by: Glenn Beck
Ignoring the ideological issues of the book, the simple fact of the matter is that it was poorly written and lacked any kind of character whatsoever. I've read electronics manuals with more depth of feeling, and the character development was completely absent. Why? Because the entire piece of (fiction) nothing more than propagandist conjecture regarding the implementation of a Socialist/Progressive Society by a "Benevolent Dictator" who overthrew the US Government (by Civil War, I might add) and ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a ridiculous book written by a hypocritical sociopath. Self proclaimed "Colonel" House (not to be confused with someone with actual military experience) romanticizes the violent overthrow of Washington and Jefferson's Republic and the imposition of a benevolent hero "Administrator" (read Dictator).
It is interesting, however, to read the enemy's own blueprint on how they are working to dismantle the Republic and install a global government system. It is no surprise that after publishing
This trite bit of self-indulgence was written by a failed presidential advisor kicked out of the the Woodrow Wilson administration for political and personality differences. What do you do if you are Edward house and your hopes and dreams for the future come crashing down? You write a "fictional" story in which you live them out. Philip Dru, a "humble" man of seemingly unending intellect somehow finds himself vaulted to the top of the American political structure where he is "forced" by circumst ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
If I were teaching a class on early 20th century history, I would definitely assign this as a book to read. It's a fascinating portrait of an ideology from the era: the author, "Colonel" House, was a close friend and advisor to President Wilson.

It reminds me a bit of "Atlas Shrugged" in its unfettered defense of an ideology.
Patrick DiJusto
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
The anti Atlas Shrugged, this book is about a thoughtful young soldier and writer who leads a civil war against a corrupt American government and institutes a series of reforms to root greed, corruption, and selfishness out of American public life.

Quite possibly the worst book I ever forced myself to finish.
Dave Maddock
Oct 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: novel
The wet dream of an influential Progressive of the early 1900s in which Dru becomes a benevolent dictator of the US. It'd be a bit laughable if the author wasn't a foreign policy advisor to Woodrow Wilson and the mentality of a necessary nanny state wasn't all too prevalent. ...more
Dec 14, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
On the "To Read" list but the novella, Col. House's rant on "ideal fascist America" is not the critical part of this edition. The Forward by essayist & blogger William Norman Grigg is worth the price of admission. ...more
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
an excellent work of fiction... strongly recommend as a follow up reading after Atlas Shrugged....
Shannon Beaman
Oct 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Now I understand Woodrow Wilson....
Scott Bodien
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Researching the origins and meanings behind this book, not to mention the lengths I had to go to in order to read it, were much more exciting than the actual book
Jun 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
No. Just no.
Oct 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: politics
This book should be subtitled: How to Become a Socialist Dictator in 12 Easy Steps
Feb 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Could be considered an alternate history but is an abysmal read.
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well written book that gives you the mindset of a progressive. Quick question though...If the "new" America was so perfect then why on earth would Phillip Dru decide to leave it? ...more
Jordan Peacock
Ayn Rand for Monroe doctrine liberals.
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