Six essential political novels:
All the Kings Men, Robert Penn Warren
Better than any of the movies, which are never able to encompass the layers.
Primary Colors, Joe Klein
The modern campaign milieu
Burr, Gore Vidal
You think our politics is dirty today?
Advise and Consent, Allen Drury
Senate minutiae, which you love if you love politics.
The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
Breathtaking subtlety, a masterpiece
House of Cards, Michael Dobbs
Typically British: Dark and cynical, if you like that kind of thing (I do).