The Manchurian Candidate
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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 2nd 2003
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Audiobook. Enjoyed the story very much. It was a bit hard to get into at first though. Creepy to think what if something like this would really happen.
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 say, the first half of the book, to me, was kinda boring, slow, and painfully dated. I didn't expect...
The Manchurian Candidate, described as a ‘political thriller,’ is much more…so much more. Had it not been for Dusty’s review (above), I wouldn’t have expected the tremendous humor to be encountered within the pages of Condon’s almost prophetic novel. Dusty suggests, “If Kurt Vonnegut had written a ...
When it comes to the Cold War, you just can't be too paranoid.