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Philip Dru: Administrator

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"Philip Dru: Administrator: a Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935" is a futuristic political novel published anonymously in 1912 by Edward Mandell House, an American diplomat, politician and presidential foreign policy advisor. His book's hero leads the democratic western U.S. in a civil war against the plutocratic East, and becomes the dictator of America. Dru as dictator impose ...more
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Published July 12th 2007 by (first published November 30th 1911)
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Jul 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
Jul 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
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.
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