IM­PERIUM By Robert Har­ris Hutchin­son $32.95

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AND you thought mod­ern-day politi­cians rev­elled in back-room deals, loaded prom­ises and shady as­so­ci­a­tions.Har­ris’ grip­ping Ro­man Em­pire po­lit­i­cal drama, pur­port­ing to be rooted in fact, de­tails the life and times of famed ad­vo­cate, or­a­tor and mas­ter politi­cian Mar­cus Tul­lius Cicero, as told through the ret­ro­spec­tive first-per­son ac­count of his long-serv­ing sec­re­tary Tiro.Har­ris’ novel spans Cicero’s life from 79-64 BC, a 15-year pe­riod where this self-made man steadily rose through the com­plex le­gal and po­lit­i­cal ranks of Ro­man so­ci­ety to at­tain the rank of con­sul, which gave him im­perium, an un­ri­valled level of power.A fol­low-up to his 2003 best-seller Pom­peii, Im­peri­u­mis an en­ter­tain­ing bio-novel. In a word: Toga-riffic.

— CLAY­TON SMALES

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