Washington DC is a district which falls under no state jurisdiction; it was created as the permanent capital of the United States of America. This makes Washington DC an immense seat of power; however, the historic neighbourhoods of the city represent the diversities, ethnicities, stories and legends that make up authentic Washington life beyond the hallowed halls of power. This unique blend of political power and cultural diversity has inspired many literary endeavours.
Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics is a work of fiction that purports to describe real life characters and events that have unfolded in the political world of the United States. It is based on Bill Clinton’s first campaign in 1992. Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign trail '72 is another political work; a collection of articles covering the 1972 presidential campaign written by the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Despite the unconventional style the book is considered to be a hallmark of campaign journalism.
Letters from America: The Elections by British journalist Alistair Cooke is a collection of specially selected letters from Cooke's BBC radio programs. They cover the period of America’s elections starting with Truman in 1948 and ending with George W Bush in 2000 and offer a compelling portrayal of the machinations of power in American through a foreigners' eyes. The Pelican Brief is a legal suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. The story revolves around the assassinations of two philosophically divergent Supreme Court Justices and the ways in which corruption and violence underpin the American political system.
Presidents and Congressmen of United States have inspired many filmmakers; the following movies are detailed, dramatic and sometimes biographical accounts of the political and personal lives of men who briefly occupied the most powerful position in the world; All the President’s Men, Frost/Nixon, Absolute Power.