It's All Political

Doctor Zhivago

By Boris Pasternak

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“The best way to understand Pasternak’s achievement in Doctor Zhivago is to see it in terms of this great Russian literary tradition, as a fairy tale, not so much of good and evil as of opposing forces and needs in human destiny and history that can never be reconciled . . . [Zhivago is] a figure who embodies the principle of life itself, the principle that contradicts every abstraction of revolutionary politics.”—from the Introduction by John Bayley

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Elvis and Nixon

By Jonathan Lowy

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At the famous 1970 encounter between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon at the White House, the "King of Rock and Roll" got his coveted Federal Narcotics Agent-at-Large badge, and "Tricky Dicky" received a gold-plated World War II commemorative Colt .45 in return.
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Face-time

By EriK Tarloff

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What if your girlfriend is sleeping with your boss? And what if your boss is the President of the United States?
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Havana Bay

By Martin Cruz Smith

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Russian cop Arkady Renko comes to Cuba to identify the body of a Russian hauled from the waters of Havana Bay. Looking for the killer, he discovers a city of loneliness, danger, and bewildering contradiction.
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Honey Don't

By Tim Sandlin

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Honey, a savvy Texas girl with a weakness for older guys, offers sexual consolation to a raunchy President on the prowl. Her Mafia-connected boyfriend interrupts the scene, and the POTUS croaks. What to do? (from Library Journal)
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Manchurian Candidate

By Richard Condon

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First published in 1959, (this is a) riveting take on a little-known corner of the cold war, the almost sci-fi concept of American soldiers captured, brainwashed, and programmed by their Chinese captors to return to the states as unsuspected political assassins.
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Marine One

By James W. Huston

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When the President is killed in the crash of the Marine One helicopter, while en route to a mysterious meeting at Camp David, the world wants to know why. Mike Nolan, former marine helicopter pilot and lawyer, is tapped by the chopper's French manufacturer to protect them from claims of liability as initial suspicion points at them. But the more Nolan digs, the more he finds. (from Library Journal)
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No Way to Treat a First Lady

By Christopher Buckley

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Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, the ambitious First Lady of the United States ...is on trial for the death of her philandering husband, and the only man who can save her is the boyfriend she jilted in law school.
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Our American King

By David Lozell Martin

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America doesn't fade—it falls apart following a national calamity. The rich continue playing golf behind barricades, while the rest of the country starves. Chaos and savagery reign. Then a wanderer declares himself king.
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Rules of the Game

By Leonard Downie, Jr.

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The editor of "The Washington Post" presents a novel of corruption and cover-ups at the highest levels of Washington politics, while also portraying the morally ambiguous ways in which the press, and Washington politics, really work.
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