The Manchurian Candidate

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Jove Books, 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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User Review  - 5hrdrive - LibraryThing

Completely surprised me. I expected a good political thriller, I didn't expect excellent writing. The characters are fully fleshed out and the dark comic elements were delightful. Really enjoyable and highly recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

One of those books that I felt I ought to read just because I've always heard of it, and knew nothing about it. I haven't ever even seen the movie, so I came into the book expecting nothing. I have to ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
18
Section 3
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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.

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