All the King’s Men is considered the finest novel ever written on American politics. Set in the 1930s, this 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.
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men
“There was nothing particularly wrong with them; they were just the ordinary garden variety of human garbage.”