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davidnmonroy
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Are Political Dramas nonexistent?

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Eighteen Acres  Does anyone have any idea of where I can find a good political drama book?  I'm not talking about a spy novel or military thriller.  More specifically I'm thinking about something along the lines of NBC's hit TV show, The West Wing.  There is a book called Eighteen Acres by Nicolle Wallace that takes place in the West Wing and surrounds a female president.  I haven't gotten through the whole book, but from the looks of it, the plot is inclusive of a romantic story line and I was looking for something with a little more politics and a little less romance.  Does this sub-sub-sub genre actually exist or is this just wishful thinking?

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pjpick
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Re: Are Political Dramas nonexistent?

That's a really good question. I don't think I've really seen one but I'm sure they're out there somewhere.  Now, I'll be on the look out.  In the mean time I imagine there are quite a few of the non-fiction tell all books that might do in a pinch (I'm sort of thinking of the book on John Edwards, or Bush's memoir (among other presidents'). George Stephanopolous wrote one about a decade ago too.

 

 

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pjpick
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Re: Are Political Dramas nonexistent?

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I did a little research and found some that might fit your needs:  first try this site:

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1890288

 

 

And here are some more:

 

Holding Out  

Spin

 Lucky Bastard  

If Men Were Angels 

Big Government  

The Manchurian Candidate 

 Sounding the Waters  

 

  

 

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dhaupt
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Re: Are Political Dramas nonexistent?

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pj, as always you go above and beyond I hope that David finds something here that he likes, me personally to enjoy a political drama it would have to be more historical fiction wise like maybe The Other Bolyn Girl or perhaps our last October feature Daughter's of the Witching Hill and non-fiction like Cleopatra.

 

 

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davidnmonroy
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Re: Are Political Dramas nonexistent?

To both pj and dhaupt thanks for your input, I'm not one to really engage in forums but I was at a loss and knew fellow readers would have something to say about the topic. I certainly do plan on exporting each of your suggestions.
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Peppermill
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Re: Are Political Dramas nonexistent?

Haven't read this, but it may qualify (I own it, but it is presently low on my TBR.  Didn't get to it when it "felt" more timely.):

 

Terrorist  by John Updike

 

I found this quite fascinating and thought provoking:

The Reluctant Fundamentalist   by Mohsin Hamid. 

 

I was slightly tempted by this one from a discount table recently, but not enough to buy it:

 

American Wife  by Curtis Sittenfeld

 

Of course, any number of the political bios could qualify as fiction, in MHO?!

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