House of Cards
HOUSE OF CARDS – a transatlantic tale
More than twenty-five years since Michael Dobbs wrote House of Cards, this is still the definitive political thriller. The story of the life and lusts of Machiavellian politician Francis Urquhart became the hugely acclaimed BBC TV series. In Washington,in the twenty-first century, it became the story of the rise of Francis Underwood
"Great leaders sow the seeds of their own destruction. I watched Margaret Thatcher do just that, even while she was winning her third triumphant election campaign. It was a desperately bruising campaign that inspired me to begin work on a plot – entirely fictional, of course – to get rid of a Prime Minister. And, astonishingly, it aired on the BBC in the very week she was forced out of Downing Street in tears. It seemed almost impossible – but she was gone" MD
"JOHN MAJOR WON THE SUBSEQUENT LEADERSHIP BATTLE AND BECAME PRIME MINISTER. HE TOLD ME THAT HOUSE OF CARDS HAD DONE FOR HIS JOB 'WHAT DRACULA HAS DONE FOR BABY-SITTING'. I TOOK IT AS A COMPLIMENT"
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