Philip Dru, Administrator

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A Utopian vision in which the title character leads the democratic western U.S. in a civil war against the plutocratic East, and becomes dictator of America. Dystopian Classic Editions publishes works of dystopian literature that have survived through the generations and been recognized as classic works of literature. A dystopian society is an imagined society in which the people are oppressed, however the government propagandizes the society as being a utopia or a perfect society. Typical themes in dystopian literature include public mistrust, police states, and overall unpleasantness for the citizens. Authors of dystopian works strive to present a worst-case scenario and negative depiction of the way things are in the story so as to make a criticism about a current situation in society and to call for a change. Each Dystopian Classic Edition selected for publication presents such a story.

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Edward Mandell House (July 26, 1858 March 28, 1938) was an American diplomat, politician, and presidential advisor. Commonly known by the purely honorific title of Colonel House, although he had no military experience, he had enormous personal influence with U.S. President Woodrow Wilson as his foreign policy advisor until Wilson removed him in 1919.

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"...one difference between House and other authors of fantasy fiction was his attempts to put his principles into practice by insinuating himself at the right hand of power. Another was that House responded to political developments in terms of his own utopian fiction. Time and again in his diary House recorded events and related them to passages in Dru. Indeed, he was so pleased with apparent correlations that he later allowed his biographer to reveal his secret identity as Dru's author. His imaginary hero enacted tariff reduction, graduated income tax, and something akin to a federal reserve system, all of which became law under Wilson--without the dictatorship."
--Charles Seymour, The Intimate Papers of Colonel House, vol. 1 1926

"House never lost touch with his fictional hero. For example, in March 1917, while ruminating over the probability of a U.S. declaration of war with Germany, House wrote in his diary, "Philip Dru expresses my thoughts and aspirations .... Perhaps the most valuable work I have done in that direction has been in influencing the president." Two months later he proposed that Britain allow America to take an option on British battleships after the war in return for the United States building destroyers to defeat the German submarine menace. While awaiting British approval, which never came, he wrote, "This plan touches closely upon the proposal I made in Philip Dru." In his book, the United States and England welcome Germany as an equal partner in an alliance, thus cementing "the comity of nations, a lasting and beneficent peace, and the acceptance of the principle of the brotherhood of man." This was certainly a far cry from the actual wartime situation in 1917."
--House Diary, 19 May 1917

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