Preserve and Protect

Preserve and Protect

Preserve and Protect is a 1968 political novel written by Allen Drury. It is the third sequel to Advise and Consent, for which Drury was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960, and is followed by two alternate sequels of its own, Come Nineveh, Come Tyre (1973) and The Promise of Joy (1975).


After winning his party's nomination in Capable of Honor, newly-elected U.S. President Harley Hudson dies in a suspicious plane crash. The Majority Party immediately convenes its National Committee, torn between the supporters of California Governor Ted Jason and Illinois Senator Orrin Knox.

Eventually Knox defeats Jason, but names Jason as his vice presidential nominee. At the conclusion of the novel, a gunman appears and opens fire on the two candidates and their wives.


The cliffhanger ending of Preserve and Protect allowed Drury to offer two concurrent and conflicting sequels: one in which Knox dies and Jason goes on to become president, and the other with the opposite result.

Come Nineveh, Come Tyre

1973's Come Nineveh, Come Tyre finds President Orrin Knox and Vice President Ted Jason's wife Ceil as the victims, and Jason ascends to the presidency.

The Promise of Joy

In 1975's The Promise of Joy, Vice President Ted Jason and First Lady Beth Knox are the two killed, and Orrin Knox continues as President.

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