Thursday, July 16, 2015

Quote of the Day (‘House of Cards’ Creator, on 'Private Shame' in Politics)

“It’s all personal. Why did Maggie Thatcher do what she did? Why did Winston Churchill do what he did? Why did Roosevelt? Often great leaders are uncomfortable, and they’re driven on the public scene sometimes by private shame.” —Michael Dobbs, on why the human aspects of politics make for great prose, quoted in Alexandra Wolfe, “Weekend Confidential: Michael Dobbs--The British Politician and ‘House of Cards’ Creator Prefers the Writing Life,” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 28-March 1, 2015

(The image, of course, is of Kevin Spacey, as the chief character--rising, ruthless politico Francis Underwood--in the Netflix series House of Cards.)

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