The category of "political short story" is a deliberately loose one, for not many writers have hands-on experience of the world of politics. The authors here might have described their stories as being about people, rather than politics. And so the collection is wonderfully diverse, ranging from Joyce's evocation of tarnished ideals and a fallen hero in "Ivy Day in the Committee Room" to Jack London's vivid fantasy of a general strike across the United States in "The Dream of Debs," to Mark Twain's dark satire of the venality of political life in "The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg." If there are few genuine heroes in the stories Mr. Archer has selected, perhaps that is an accurate reflection of the real world. In any case, this generally dark view of politics has a silver lining: for as readers of Milton's Paradise Lost discovered long ago, the doings of a charismatic villain make for more interesting reading than the deeds of a virtuous man.
Publisher: WW Norton & Co ISBN: 9780393332346 Number of pages: 256 Weight: 364 g Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 14 mm
A matchless spinner of engrossing tales, Jeffrey Archer is a bestselling British novelist and former politician. His hugely successful body of work includes Kane and Abel, First Among Equals and the seven volume Clifton Chronicles.
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