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Wikipedia: The Penultimate Truth
The government and war engine remains on the surface, the elite "Yance men". Their president, Talbot Yancy, delivers inspirational speeches to the tankers, motivating them to increase their production of leadies and win the war. The war does eventually end. However, the Yance men design a conspiracy to maintain the wealth of the Earth for themselves. Yancy continues to describe devastation in televised speeches. The tankers continue to produce leadies.
Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
I'm not sure if it fits in this category, but another good one is "A Canticle for Leibowitz' by Walter Miller Jr.