Presidential Agent by Upton Sinclair audiobook

Presidential Agent

By Upton Sinclair
Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Publishing 9781931313056

The Lanny Budd Novels: Book 5

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On the eve of World War II, Lanny Budd reenters the deadly snake pit of Nazi Germany as Roosevelt’s spy—in the pulse-pounding, Pulitzer Prize–winning series. An American art expert raised in a world of European wealth and privilege, Lanny Budd is dedicated to his socialist ideals and to combatting the twin scourges of Nazism and Fascism. In 1937, a chance encounter in New York with Professor Charles Alston—his boss at the Paris Peace Conference and now one of President Roosevelt’s top advisors—provides Lanny with the opportunity to make a profound difference. Appointed Presidential Agent 103, the international art dealer embarks on a secret assignment that takes him back into the Third Reich as the Allied powers prepare to cede Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler in a futile attempt to avoid war. But Lanny’s motivations are not just political: The woman he loves has fallen into the brutal hands of the Gestapo, and Lanny will risk everything to save her. Presidential Agent is the action-packed fifth installment of Upton Sinclair’s Pulitzer Prize–winning series that brings the first half of the twentieth century to dramatic life. An astonishing mix of history, adventure, and romance, the Lanny Budd Novels are a testament to the breathtaking scope of the author’s vision and his singular talents as a storyteller.

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Summary

Summary

On the eve of World War II, Lanny Budd reenters the deadly snake pit of Nazi Germany as Roosevelt’s spy—in the pulse-pounding, Pulitzer Prize–winning series.

An American art expert raised in a world of European wealth and privilege, Lanny Budd is dedicated to his socialist ideals and to combatting the twin scourges of Nazism and Fascism. In 1937, a chance encounter in New York with Professor Charles Alston—his boss at the Paris Peace Conference and now one of President Roosevelt’s top advisors—provides Lanny with the opportunity to make a profound difference.

Appointed Presidential Agent 103, the international art dealer embarks on a secret assignment that takes him back into the Third Reich as the Allied powers prepare to cede Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler in a futile attempt to avoid war. But Lanny’s motivations are not just political: The woman he loves has fallen into the brutal hands of the Gestapo, and Lanny will risk everything to save her.

Presidential Agent is the action-packed fifth installment of Upton Sinclair’s Pulitzer Prize–winning series that brings the first half of the twentieth century to dramatic life. An astonishing mix of history, adventure, and romance, the Lanny Budd Novels are a testament to the breathtaking scope of the author’s vision and his singular talents as a storyteller.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“These historical novels engulfed me in the thrilling and terrible imperatives of history…Sinclair’s historical acumen and his calculations about powerful institutions—government, press, corporations, oil cartels, and lobbyists—remain remarkably shrewd and often prescient.” New York Times, praise for the series
“Few works of fiction are more fun to read; fewer still make history half as clear, or as human.” Time, praise for the series
“A great and well-balanced design…I think it the completest and most faithful portrait of that period that has been done or will likely be done.” H. G. Wells, praise for the series
“When people ask me what has happened in my long lifetime, I do not refer them to the newspaper files and to the authorities, but to [Upton Sinclair’s] novels.” George Bernard Shaw, praise for the series

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Reviews

by Odin 11/15/2022
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History made reader friendly and entertaining

This is the 5th of the 11 Lanny Budd Series and is, as were all the first 4, noteworthy. Written in 1944, the war and all the political and the chosen military stories are presented with facts that make this novel stand out as a well-drawn interplay between fact and fiction of the years that preceded the beginning of WW2. For newcomers to the Larry Budd as spy, you’ll find he’s dramatized as low-key and sophisticated, rather than the typical action spy. In fact, word is Sinclair fantasized on Cary Grant when developing his spy. Budd’s interfacing with FDR and all the other characters in history make for an entertaining as well as a learning experience as read by Bronson Pinchot with his usual professional and imaginative voices.

Author

Author Bio: Upton Sinclair

Author Bio: Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair (1878–1968) was a journalist, a prominent social and political activist, and the author of over two dozen books, including the novel Dragon’s Teeth, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1943. He is perhaps best known for The Jungle, the dramatic exposé of the Chicago meat-packing industry that prompted the investigation by Theodore Roosevelt that culminated in the pure-food legislation of 1906.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 29.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English