The Audio Book Club on All the King's Men.

The Audio Book Club on All the King's Men.

The Audio Book Club on All the King's Men.

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March 13 2008 7:12 AM

The Audio Book Club on All the King's Men

Our critics discuss Robert Penn Warren's great political novel.

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Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men.

This month, the Audio Book Club chews over Robert Penn Warren's classic political novel All the King's Men.

Slate critic-at-large Stephen Metcalf, culture editor Julia Turner, and Editor Jacob Weisberg discuss the changes made to the "restored" edition, contemplate Penn Warren's vision of American fascism, and debate the racial views expressed in the novel. They also agree that it's the last great American novel before Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March. The conversation runs about 50 minutes.


If you'd like to get an early start on the next book-club selection, we've chosen Beautiful Children, by Charles Bock, which John Burdett, writing in the Washington Post, described as a novel that "deserves to be read more than once because of the extraordinary importance of its subject matter and the sensitivity with which [Bock] treats it." We'll post the discussion in early April.

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Julia Turner, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.

Jacob Weisberg is chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy. Follow him on Twitter.