"All the King's Men" is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren that was published in 1946. It tells the story of the rise and fall of Willie Stark, a fictional character who is loosely based on real-life Louisiana politician Huey Long. Stark is a charismatic and ambitious man who starts off as a small-town lawyer and eventually becomes the governor of his state. Along the way, he becomes increasingly corrupt and ruthless, and he eventually meets a tragic end. The novel explores themes of power, corruption, and redemption, and it has been widely praised for its complex characters and vivid depiction of the American South.