#46 The Almighty – Irving Wallace

Title

The Almighty

Author

Irving Wallace

Genre

Novel

Readability

Easy.

Engagement

High.

Score

score-3

Title (Original)

The Almighty

Year of Publication

1982

Cover

The_Almighty_-_Irving_Wallace

Short Description & Notes

Edward Armstead is the son of the journalism dinosaur who owns the new Yorker newspaper the Record. When his father dies, he finally gets the chance of proving his talent as a journalist and as the son of his father. In order to do so, he acts regardless the means, thinking only in newspaper circulation. Soon he starts manipulating people’s lives and even creating the news daily published, acting as if he was god himself. This book unveils the deepest feelings and thoughts of the man who became known as the almighty and is a masterpiece concerning corruption of people by money and power.

“When the hunger for power becomes a craving–a ruling obsession–it is not enough for a man like Edward Armstead to head a vast news empire. First he will want to shape the news – then manipulate and control it – and finally he will want to create it.” – Goodreads: The Almighty

Remarkable Quotes

“Alguns dos maiores romances amorosos de que tive conhecimento envolveram um ator, sem qualquer outra pessoa.”

“Não era nada fácil fazer de Deus.”

“Tinham sido convidados dois outros casais. O primeiro era constituído por um interessante editor francês que desdenhava de tudo quanto era americano e pela sua intimidada esposa-poeta. Compunham o segundo um brincalhão cineasta húngaro que, em vinte anos, fizera muitos negócios, mas nenhum filme e gostava de citar os ditos espirituosos de Georg Lichtenberg, e a sua feia mulher checa que nunca se esquecia de identificar os aforismos.”

“Durante o jantar a conversa foi cínica e sofisticada e a refeição foi servida em bandejas de prata transportadas por um criado filipino de imaculadas luvas brancas.”

Fun Facts

Irving Wallace was a journalist. He started writing for several magazines by the age of 15. Therefore, one can speculate the connection between this book and his own view of the profession.

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