Monday, August 12, 2013

The eleven best political books of all time

The Christian Science Monitor published a list of the eleven best political books of all time as determined by the staff of the venerable Washington bookstore, Politics & Prose.

One title on the list:
"I, Claudius," by Robert Graves

British writer Robert Graves penned this 1934 classic as though he were writing the autobiography of Roman Emperor Tiberius Claudius. Set in 1st-century Rome, this novel is packed with enough intrigue, murder, greed, and lust to make contemporary Washington, D.C., look tame.
Read about the other books on the list.

I, Claudius also appears on David Chase's six favorite books list, Andrew Miller's top ten list of historical novels, Mark Malloch-Brown's list of his six favorite novels of empire, Annabel Lyon's top ten list of books on the ancient world, Lindsey Davis' top ten list of Roman books, and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best emperors in literature and ten of the best poisonings in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue