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All the King's Men

Robert Penn Warren

This powerful novel explores the consequences of every human act and the interconnectedness of all people. Set during the Great Depression in the American South, it follows Willie Stark, a populist leader who transforms from a champion of the people to a corrupt demagogue. The story is told through the eyes of Jack Burden, his loyal press agent who faces a crisis of conscience. With themes of power, corruption, and morality, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in politics and human nature.
Publish Date
first published in 1946
Goodreads Rating
Good article on the valuable lessons about the politics of resentment from a great book (and film), All the King's Men, one of my favorites, on its 75th anniversary.      source
A political novel written by a poet whose pitiless insight into human fallibility penetrates MRI-deep. Inspired by the surreal saga of Louisiana politician Huey Long, All the King's Men is more relevant today than the year it was written. Some passages are as fine as any in American literature.      source