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ISBN: 0140025065
Author: C P Snow
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; First Edition edition (1966)
Pages: 352
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Rating: 4.3
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Lewis Eliot walks the echoing corridors of Whitehall observing political intrigues and shifting alliances in this exceptional portrait of. .

Lewis Eliot walks the echoing corridors of Whitehall observing political intrigues and shifting alliances in this exceptional portrait of the heart of the British government during the Suez Crisis. At its centre is Roger Quaife, an ambitious MP determined to denuclearize Britain. His weapons: persuasiveness and a consummate skill in top-level diplomacy. In the committee rooms of Whitehall he plays with the highest stakes imaginable as he challenges the Government’s armaments policy.

Corridors of Power (A St.has been added to your Cart. Snow was born in Leicester, on 15 October 1905. He was educated from age 11 at Alderman Newton's School for boys where he excelled in most subjects, enjoying a reputation for an astounding memory. In 1923, he gained an external scholarship in science at London University, whilst working as a laboratory assistant at Newton's to gain the necessary practical experience, because Leicester University, as it was to become, had no chemistry or physics departments at that time.

Corridors of Power is the ninth book in C. P. Snow's Strangers and Brothers series. Its title had become a household phrase referring to the centres of government and power after Snow coined it in his earlier novel, Homecomings. A slightly rueful Foreword to Corridors of Power expresses the hope that he is at least entitled to use his own cliché. Corridors of Power is concerned with the attempts of an English MP to influence the country's policy on nuclear weapons in the 1950s.

Corridors of Power book. A wonderful, classical, book. Classical because Snow speaks essential truths and makes the effort to develop the "backstory" in as much detail as needed without losing sight of the main plot. The main line is a debate about what to do about nuclear weapons in midcentury England, centering on Parliament, where "the first priority is to assume power, and the second is to know what to do with it".

Read Corridors Of Power, by . One fee. Stacks of books. Snow online on Bookmate – The corridors and committee rooms of Whitehall are the setting for the ninth in the Strangers and Brothers series.

Charles Snow's novels are remarkable for their imaginative power, their . The plot of the novel develops dynamically.

Charles Snow's novels are remarkable for their imaginative power, their vivid situations and exact depiction of political moments. He tries to show the inner world of his characters. Corridors of Power" is a masterpiece of critical realism, the author reveals the political essence of one of the powerful states of the world. The author is mostly concentrated on the revealing of the inner feelings and moral principles of his characters.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. First published in 1964. The corridors and committee rooms of Whitehall are the setting for the ninth in the Strangers and Brothers series. They are also home to the manipulation of political power. Roger Quaife wages his ban-the-bomb campaign from his seat in the Cabinet and his office at the Ministry. The stakes are high as he employs his persuasiveness.

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Charles Percy Snow was born in Leicester, on 15 October 1905. By some fluke, the title of this novel seems to have passed into circulation during the time the book itself was being written. He was educated from age eleven at Alderman Newton’s School for boys where he excelled in most subjects, enjoying a reputation for an astounding memory and also developed a lifelong love of cricket. In 1923 he became an external student in science of London University, as the local college he attended in Leicester had no science department. I have watched the phenomenon with mild consternation.

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Ance
If you haven't read any of the Strangers and Brothers series, you shouldn't start with this book, because they're sequential, and not everyone's cup of tea. I suggest you try GEORGE PASSANT first, the first one that C.P.Snow wrote, although chronologically second. You'll know by the end of the second chapter whether it's for you. I really like the series - it follows an Englishman, Lewis Elliot, from his childhood in the 1920s to his old age, looking at various public and private events, set in a universily college, war, civil service, houses of the rich etc. The style is perceptive, gentle, almost flat.
Walianirv
This volume of C. P. Snow's series about power and corruption provides an interesting view of the workings of the civil service in the post-war period. It can almost be seen as a serious version of "Yes, Minister".
Pedora
Apparently, it was Snow who coined the phrase "corridors of power" in an earlier book. This one is all about English politics, and the machinations that go on in trying to change policy. I suspect it was far more riveting to an English reader who knows more about the workings of Parliament than I do. Rather dry, and involved, with many, many characters. Only in the last fifty pages or so is there any semblance of suspense. As usual, Lewis Eliot is the narrator and at the heart of matters. Exactly how he got to be such a confidante of Roger Quaife, who seems to be a Minister in another department, I never could figure out. Snow, I suspect, lived these times and questions, but perhaps he was too close to see that his reader might need a little more explanation. Quaife is trying to disengage England from the nuclear arms race, a thoroughly admirable position, but one which would have required Parliament to own up to the fact that England was no longer a super power, a hard pill to swallow indeed. Many times, throughout the book, one or another character expresses the thought that no man can really do much of anything, that government will go on in its own way no matter who is at the helm. If you like to read about power and politics, all the weavings in and out, and subplots, the goings on behind the top, this book would probably rate high with you. I do not think it Snow's best. Once again, he is too detached. Too close to the heartbeat of things.

On rereading this six years later, I see that like "The Affair", and "The Conscience of the Rich", this one too is about reputation and honor and conscience, very much so. A running theme with Snow apparently. And yet another one that is not about Lewis Eliot at all, but about other characters and arenas of life. I do not disagree with my earlier review, but now I see the distance Snow has chosen. In "The Affair", the plot revolved around Howard and Cambridge, in "Conscience", about the March family, and the world of the truly wealthy, and now, the 3rd, about Roger Quaife and the workings of Parliament. Eliot, as a character, is really only the narrator of all the events and - way too much so - the dissector of all the characters' natures, reasons for acting, etc. That got a bit much. Too intricate, far too much delving into the various psyches. But his emphasis on the nature of the times, and the questions and events being too much for any one person to alter, certainly rings true today also. How we all feel helpless to change the way history is being played out. It would seem we are the product of our times; not that time is a product of our actions. Things just march inexorably on. Relentless. Anthony Hopkins played Quaife in the dismal BBC series, because Snow kept referring to him as Pierre, and Hopkins played Pierre in the marvelous "War and Peace".
Flower
This book concerns the efforts of an ambitious Conservative politician on the rise - at the start of the book, he becomes a Minister in a newly formed Cabinet. With his power, he wants to prevent Britain's clinging to an independent nuclear deterrent in the late 1950s (Suez makes a brief appearance). Some interesting questions are raised as to whether the moral rightness of this goal -- of which Snow, channeling the scientists who opposed even the use of the bomb at Hiroshima, clearly has no doubt -- can/should be compromised in the interests of furthering the minister's political rise (at the summit of which he can, presumably, do more good) and, too briefly, in the interaction of public opinion with 'informed' expert opinion. The accounts of the English civil service and its interactions with elected officials are excellently-drawn. But as a guide to the intracacies of parliamentary procedure, this book is a bit of a letdown. Much of the action takes place at dinner parties at various aristocratic homes, and the real focus is less on the policy questions than on various characters' love lives. Reason, not emotion, is Snow's strong suit in description and narrative, and so while his language -- at once crisp and dense -- often has a real appeal, it does not move one to care as much about the characters as one is probably supposed to. All in all, an interesting read, but not an essential one. The policy issues, by the way, were real: if they are of interest, they are better explained (and, despite being more or less contemporary with _Corridors_, in a less dated manner) in Richard Neustadt's forgotten gem "Alliance Politics" and the report on the UK's "Skybolt" nuclear deterrent Neustadt wrote for John F Kennedy in 1963, now declassified and published by Cornell University Press.

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