The Manchurian Candidate

Front Cover
Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003 - Fiction - 311 pages
131 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
31
4 stars
50
3 stars
29
2 stars
15
1 star
6

Review: The Manchurian Candidate

User Review  - Goodreads

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

Review: The Manchurian Candidate

User Review  - Goodreads

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

Other editions - View all

References to this book

All Book Search results »

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.

Bibliographic information