- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st Edition edition (Oct 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385043929
- ISBN-13: 978-0385043922
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 4.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,122,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Only a best-selling author such as Drury, whose sales were apparently guaranteed, could have gotten away with ending the fourth book, Preserve and Protect, as he did. After 500 pages of anguished conflict and struggle between Orrin Knox and Ted Jason to secure the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations of their party, *one* of them is then murdered in the last paragraph. But *which* one we are not told! On to the fifth book, Come Nineveh, Come Tyre, to find out....
It turns out to be Knox who was killed. Jason, the wishy-washy semi-liberal and Communist dupe from California, becomes President. In just two weeks of ill-fated decisions alternating with trance-like indecision he manages to lead the United States to total ruin. By the end of the book most of the good guys (and women) from the previous books lie dead or locked up in insane asylums. The idiotic liberal media that Drury so excoriates and that have done so much to place Jason in power too late recognize the folly of their ways and utter loud cries of penance for what they have done. But they too are carted off to the insane asylums as a Hitlerian dictatorship descends upon the nation. The Soviets walk in (they hardly need to march) and take over what is left.
And that's the end of the book. All 500 pages of it -- 500 pages with *small* print, a staggering number of words. It's hard to believe that anyone else has ever written so long a book of such unvarnished gloom.
Some of the book *is* exciting. The reader *does* want to know what will happen next, even though he knows after a while that whatever it is, it won't be good. Even so, it's hard to believe that, according to the dustjacket of my paperback edition, 200,000 people bought this book in hardback and that it was the number 1 bestseller....
Unless, of course, all those readers recognized that Drury had already prepared book number *six*, The Promise of Joy, and that in *that* book it's Orrin Knox who survives the assassinations on the Mall and who leads the American Republic in the triumphant direction that Drury knows it would go if only those awful liberals in the media would let it....
Strictly a three-star book, maybe even a two-star. If you're feeling really gloomy about the state of the world and want to be confirmed in your judgment, or if you're a completist about the Advise and Consent series, read it. If not, skip it and finish up the series with The Promise of Joy.
This product's forum
Active discussions in related forums
Search Customer Discussions