Political Season Needs Political Fiction

If you had a chance to view the debate on September 26th, then you are probably deep in political fever. Instead of going cold turkey and disconnecting from the election season completely, save your sanity by reading political fiction for a time. Below is a list of some great books for you to read before election day that will keep your veins pumping those political juices without watching the news for 24 hours straight (please sleep sometime!):

  • Advise & Consent by Allen Drury was a #1 New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner. This book will take you into the political underbelly. Be ready for corruption, smear campaigns and political tension that is fictional rather than real.
  • The Loyal Nine by Bobby Akart shows the collapse of the United State government, like many other governments before it throughout human history. With the inclusion of Cyber War, this book has many relevant topics.
  • It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis tells the story of the rise of fascism in America. Whether or not you think that is possible, read the book and see what the author thinks. You may become frightened at the possibility.
  • The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close is a different take on the political climate as the main focus is not espionage or even from a politician’s point of view. Instead, the book is seen through the eyes of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, D.C.
  • Citizen Tom Paine by Howard Fast is a little more historical than current. The story follows the history behind a great historical figure, Tom Paine and his effect on the United States government. Some of the ideals and even plot lines you may still find relevant today.

Obviously, we went the fictional route with this book list. If you want a political book that is more factual, there are quite a bit of historical autobiographies up for grabs from first ladies to presidents to revolutionaries and everyone in-between. Now, hide that newspaper and close that laptop. Read a fictional political book for just a moment, then you can get back to this current election.

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