The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate

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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.

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.


Blackwell North Amer
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.

Publisher: New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, c2003, c1959
Edition: 1st Four Walls Eight Windows ed
ISBN: 9781568582702
1568582706
Branch Call Number: CON
Characteristics: xiii, 311 p. ; 21 cm

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Janice21383
Jul 24, 2018

With the Siberian satsuma in power, time for another look at this classic of fear and loathing in the U.S.A

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AshesChu
Jul 11, 2018

Molded by it's time. It's a pretty interesting read and it has some epic plot twists. I'd advise people to skip the introduction. No offense to the people writing the intro, it's just that it color's one's perception of the novel itself. I'd even go as far to say that the introduction conditions the reader--tells us what we should be looking for rather than allowing us to enjoy the book and take from it what we will.

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