All the King's Men (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Jack tells us what happened from the moment the king’s men arrive at Burden’s Landing to threaten Judge Irwin. Against a background of unprecedented deception and betrayal, Dansey’s secret MI6 operation eventually led to the arrest of nearly one thousand men and women, hundreds of whom died in concentration camps. Through the eyes of journalist Jack Burden, the book explores themes of power, morality, and the consequences of one man's pursuit of political success. I tried watching the old film version of this but it didn’t grab me the way the book did – the plot, such as it is, is probably the least interesting thing about the book, and all the philosophical musing is quite hard to portray in a film.

Adam's sense of violation as a result of his entanglement with Governor Stark proves violently tragic when he is informed by Lieutenant Governor Tiny Duffy that Stark has been sleeping with his sister. As a reader, a step removed from Jack’s involvement, it is yet another reminder of the truth that power corrupts, and that those who seek to rule us are usually the least fit to do so because of the very hubris that makes them want to. First published in 1946, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 and was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1949 and re-made in 2006 with an all-star castAll the King's Men is considered the finest novel ever written on American politics.The faces in the crowds burning with rage, the screams of ‘traitors’ and ‘treason’, the assaults of news reporters and above all the vandalising of this great historical monument leaves one breathless. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success.

The "Great Twitch" is a particular brand of nihilism that Jack embraces during his journey westward: "all the words we speak meant nothing and there was only the pulse in the blood and the twitch of the nerve, like a dead frog's leg in the experiment when the electric current goes through. He struggles with his guilt and the realization that all men, irrespective of their nobility, carry some darkness within them.

A shocking, enthralling account of a devastating episode in the history of the British secret services, perfect for readers of Ben MacIntyre.

Thanks, Alyson, and sorry for disappearing without a word, especially since I hate when other people do that so I have no excuse. A different perspective exposes something new in Oxford’s tangle of streets and colleges; from afar, students on bikes and tourist groups and traffic disputes stop feeling like a nuisance, revealing instead a quiet, understated sort of loveliness. Yes, I’m sorry for disappearing like that – I really hadn’t intended to take a break at all but one day led to the next… and the next…! Stark’s demagogic descent mirrors the story of the real Louisiana governor and then senator Huey Long, whose radical economic program and charismatic personality ensured his political domination until his assassination in 1935. Hmm, the title of The Candidate sounds familiar but I can’t remember if I’ve seen it – I’ll look it up!

Much like the 1920s and 30s, we live in a period of great change when all previously-held cultural norms and precedents seem to be shifting under our feet. His approach to politics earns him many enemies in the state legislature, but does not detract from his popular appeal among many of his constituents, who respond with enthusiasm to his fiery populist manner.

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