The Manchurian Candidate

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Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003 - Fiction - 311 pages
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Everyone knows the controversial 1962 film of The Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, even though it was taken out of circulation for 25 years after JFK's assassination. Equally controversial on publication, and just as timely today, is Richard Condon's original novel. First published in 1959, The Manchurian Candidate is Condon's riveting take on a little-known corner of the cold war, the almost sci-fi concept of American soldiers captured, brainwashed, and programmed by their Chinese captors to return to the states as unsuspected political assassins. Condon’s expert manipulation of the book’s multiple themes – from anticommunist hysteria to megalomaniacal motherhood – makes this one of the most dazzling, and enduring, products of an unforgettable time. This classic of cold war paranoia includes a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning author Louis Menand.

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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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Grumpy Old Bookman: The Manchurian Candidate, 2004
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About the author (2003)

Richard Thomas Condon was born in New York City on March 18, 1915. He 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, he published his first novel, The Oldest Confession, in 1958. His second novel, The Manchurian Candidate, gained him international attention and was adapted as a film starring Frank Sinatra in 1962. His novels, A Talent for Loving, Winter Kill and Prizzi's Honor, were also adapted for films. His other works include An Infinity of Mirrors, The Vertical Smile, The Star Spangled Crunch, Prizzi's Family, Prizzi's Glory, and The Final Addiction. He died on April 9, 1996.

Louis Menand, professor of English at Harvard University, is the author of The Metaphysical Club, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in History. A longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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