12 Books Featuring Crooked Politicians

Frauds in high places

As John Dalberg-Acton once wisely observed, 'Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.' Crooked behaviour and corruption can be found at all levels of government, from local councils to the highest offices in the land, and many times even those who started off with an earnest desire to serve and do some good find themselves resorting to dirty backroom deals. Here are just a few examples from the literary world.

If you're hungry for more books set in the political world, why not check out our lists of 10 Pulse-Pounding Political Thrillers and 10 Great Political Satires?

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5. Burmese Days

George Orwell
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6. It Can't Happen Here

Sinclair Lewis
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8. All the King's Men

Robert Penn Warren
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9. Gods and Beasts

Denise Mina
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10. House of Cards

Michael Dobbs
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11. All the President's Men

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
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12. Absolute Power

David Baldacci

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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