Today, we’ve compiled a list of the 20 best political thriller books ever written.
This superb and intelligent novel follows the life of Avery, a law clerk to Justice Wynn.
This book follows the brilliant American spy, Scot Harvath, as he is torn between his life of pleasure in the Norwegian fjords and his duty back in the US.
Now a popular TV show, this is the story of Francis Urquhart. He knows all dirty secrets of the US politics and is willing to betray them to become the Prime Minister.
This historical fiction centres on the biggest political event of the 20th century – the assassination of John F Kennedy.
This speculative fiction is another book that deals with the sensational murder of president John F Kennedy and the mysterious murders that followed.
This landmark book was written by the honourable president Clinton and the brilliant thriller writer Patterson.
Perhaps the original political thriller, Orwell’s dystopia follows a totalitarian world where the government has erased history and dictated every action of its citizens.
This is a novel about the English assassin, the Jackal, hired by OAS to kill the French president Charles de Gaulle.
This modern classic is a war of wits between George Smiley and Soviet double agent Karla.
This novel is not just a spy thriller but also a dark comedy. It follows Sgt Raymond Shaw, who is a hero who saved his battalion but also an assassin.
This follows the Russian Intelligence Officer Dominika Erogova who is forced to become a Sparrow – a trained seductress to Nathaniel Nash of the CIA.
This novel follows the political bigshots of the 1960s Charlie and Margaret Marder who now wish to retire.
This classic historical fiction is the story of the elusive Englishman, the Scarlet Pimpernel.
In this non-fiction novel, Ackerman has reconstructed the political landscape at the time of James Garfield’s presidency.
This follows Jake Epping’s unconventional life as an English teacher. His student Harry’s essay informs him of the terrible murders Harry’s father committed – of his mother, brother and sister.
This story of cultural alienation is also the story of Henry part, a man of Korean American descent who finds himself neither here nor there.
This classic is a story set in the Depression Era, and deals with the themes of politics, power and corruption.
This is in the Tehran Conference of November 1943 when Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Josef Stalin meet to finalize the D-Day Invasion.
This novel follows Alden Pyle, a man sent from the US to Vietnam on a mission and Fowler, the narrator and British press correspondent.
Lewis’ brilliant writing exposes how vulnerable democracy is, and hoe fascism could grasp America in its stifling hands.