The best political fiction and nonfiction of all time

Our colleague, Chris Cillizza of The Fix, asked readers to recommend their favorite political fiction and nonfiction books. Here's the list, so far.

To see how the list came together, go to The Fix

"Jack Gance" by Ward Just
"The Wanting of Levine" by Michael Halberstam
"The People's Choice" by Jeff Greenfield
"The Last Hurrah" by Edwin O'Connor
"The Shad Treatment" by Garrett Epps
"The Woody" by Peter Lefcourt
"The Ninth Wave" by Eugene Burdick
"Advise and Consent" by Allen Drury
"The Gay Place" by William Brammer
"Seven Days in May" by Fletcher Knebel and Charles Bailey
"Lincoln" by Gore Vidal

"The Power Broker" by Robert Caro
"The Survivor: Bill Clinton In the White House" By John F. Harris
"The Politicos" by Matthew Josephson
"Politician" by Ronnie Dugger
"Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky
"City for Sale" by Jack Newfield and Wayne Barrett
"Who Governs" by Robert Dahl

"Boys on the Bus" by Tim Crouse
"The Prince" by Machiavelli
"Huey Long" by T. Harry Williams
"Earl of Louisiana" by A.J. Liebling
"Southern Politics in State and Nation" by V.O. Key
"The Ambition and the Power" by John M. Barry
"Hardball" by Chris Matthews
"The Power Game" by Hedrick Smith
"Man of the House" by Tip O'Neill
"Nixonland" by Rick Perlstein
"The Selling of the President" by Joe McGinnis
"What I Saw at the Revolution" by Peggy Noonan
"Enduring Revolution" by Major Garrett
"Boss" by Mike Royko
"Bad Boy: The Life and Politics of Lee Atwater" by John Brady
"Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms" by Ed Rollins
"RFK" by Jack Newfield
"Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream" by Doris Kearns Goodwin
"Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" by Hunter S. Thompson
"When Hell Froze Over" by Dwayne Yancey
"The Making of the President 1960" by Teddy White
"Path to Power"/" Means of Ascent"/ " Master of the Senate" by Robert Caro
"The Future of American Politics" by Samuel Lubell
"The Real Majority: The Classic Examination of the American Electorate" by Ben Wattenberg and Richard Scammon.
"Conscience of a Conservative" by Barry Goldwater
"The Last Hayride" by John Maginnis
"Politics Lost" by Joe Klein
" Marathon" by Jules Witcover
"Truman" by David McCullough
"President Reagan: The Role Of A Lifetime" By Lou Cannon
"The Best and the Brightest" by David Halbertsam
"Wallace" by Marshall Frady
"Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald
"1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs--The Election that Changed the Country" by James Chace

By Steven E. Levingston |  February 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET Politics , Steven Levingston
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