Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men is generally considered the finest novel ever written on American politics. Set in the 1930's, this belove d book traces the rise and fall of Willie Stark, who resembles the real-life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success.
First published in 1946, All the King's Men won the Pulitzer Prize, among other national book awards, and was made into an Academy Award-Winning film in 1949. One of the classics of American literature, All the King's Men is as relevant today as ever.