The Manchurian Candidate

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Pocket Books, Jul 23, 2004 - Fiction - 368 pages
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As compelling and disturbing as when it was first published in the midst of the Cold War, "The Manchurian Candidate" continues to enthrall readers with its electrifying action and shocking climax....

Sgt. Raymond Shaw is a hero of the first order. He's an ex-prisoner of war who saved the life of his entire outfit, a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the stepson of an influential senator...and the perfect assassin. Brainwashed during his time as a P.O.W., he is a "sleeper" -- a living weapon to be triggered by a secret signal. He will act without question, no matter what order he is made to carry out. To stop Shaw and those who now control him, his former commanding officer, Bennett Marco, must uncover the truth behind a twisted conspiracy of torture, betrayal, and power that will lead him to the highest levels of the government -- and into the darkest recesses of his own mind....

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Nice quick page-turner after Don Quixote. I love how Condon writes, and was surprised that this was written in 1959 because it definitely has a post-Beat edge. Lots of good prose, but not so much as ... Read full review

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I was pleased to find the Sinatra/Harvey film is as close as Hollywood would allow for the period, but the book obviously adds nuances the give a better understanding to the motivations of the characters, as well as provide a more satisfying conclusion. Highly recommend. Read full review

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Born and raised in New York City, Richard Condon began writing fiction in his forties. He had previously worked in the movie business for more than twenty years as a press agent for Walt Disney productions, putting in time at nearly all of the major studios. In addition to The Manchurian Candidate -- a work that many feel disturbingly foreshadowed the assassination of both President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert -- he wrote numerous bestsellers, including Prizzi's Honor and Prizzi's Family. He died in 1996.

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