After two engaging chapters on how US novelists—from the late 17th century to the near present—reflect the US political landscape, Cronin (Colorado College) devotes the remaining five chapters to the novelist’s role as political agitator, political consciousness raiser, political satirist, campaigner, and, finally, political anthropologist. These chapters examine, among others, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harper Lee, Toni Morrison, Henry Adams, Upton Sinclair, Sinclair Lewis, Joseph Heller, and Philip Roth. In the preface Cronin identifies these individuals as “tribal storytellers” and their novels as “moral and civic consciousness raisers.” This is an important and timely book, and the author combines his enormous knowledge of political science with lively and sensitive insights on literary criticism. A helpful “select bibliography” lists earlier treatments of this subject…. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.