The Manchurian candidate

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Jove Books, Feb 1, 1988 - Fiction - 308 pages
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"Everybody knows the controversial 1962 film of The Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, even though it was taken out of circulation for twenty-five years after JFK's assassination. Equally controversial on publication, and just as timely today, is Richard Condon's original novel. First published in 1959, at the height of cold war paranoia, The Manchurian Candidate is a terrifying and suspenseful political thriller featuring Sergeant Raymond Shaw, ex-prisoner of war, Medal of Honor winner, American hero...and brainwashed assassin. Condon's expert manipulation of the book's multiple themes - from anticommunist hysteria to megalomaniacal motherhood - makes this one of the most entertaining, and enduring, books of the era."--BOOK JACKET.

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I was impressed by this classic Cold War novel. I didn't think it would hold up very well, so long after the Cold War, but I was wrong -- it is an excellent read, and keeps you wondering what will ... Read full review

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Excellent Cold War thriller about mind control, global intrigue and political aspirants who are dramatically, and terrifyingly, different from what they profess to be. Read full review


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Richard Thomas Condon was a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He was born in New York City on March 18, 1915. Condon served in the United States Merchant Navy. He worked in advertising and was a publicist for several film companies, including Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney Productions. At the age of 42, Condon published his first novel, The Oldest Confession. His second novel, The Manchurian Candidate, gained him international attention and was adapted as a film starring Frank Sinatra in 1962. Condon's novels, Winter Kill and Prizzi's Honor, were also adapted for films. Condon died on April 9, 1996.

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