All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren
Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men is generally considered the finest novel ever written on American politics. Set in the 1930's, it traces the rise and fall of Willie Stark, who resembles the real-life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success. First published in 1946, "All the King's Men" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947. "A definitive American story...the name of Willie Stark [is] a name now immortal on the page." -The Boston Globe Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) won three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Award, the National Medal for Literature, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1986 he was named the country's first poet laureate.
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