Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent: Moderate Ruling-Elite Ideology

  • David SmitEmail author


In this chapter I show how Drury’s rabid anti-communism and distain for liberalism influenced his portrayal in Advise and Consent of the politics in the US Senate surrounding a nominee for Secretary of State. I focus on what I call the “moderate ruling-elite ideology” of these senators, how their upper-class desire for personal fulfillment and “desire to serve” is manifested primarily in their personal ambition and sense of integrity rather than any shared ideology or empirical examination of the world as it is. In dealing with the senators’ attitudes toward the nominee’s view of communism, Drury relies on political stereotypes and reduces the issue to an overly simple binary choice: aggression versus appeasement.


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  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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