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The Manchurian Candidateby Richard Condon
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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.
The classic political thriller starring Sergeant Raymond Shaw, exprisoner of war, Medal of Honor winner, American hero ... and brainwashed political assassin, with an introduction by Louis Menand.
One by one, five sixteen-year-old orphans are brought to a strange building. It is not a prison, not a hospital; it has no walls, no ceiling, no floor. Nothing but endless flights of stairs leading nowhere ?except back to a strange red machine. The five must learn to love the machine and let it rule their lives. But will they let it kill their souls? This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.
?An intensely suspenseful page-turner.? ?School Library Journal
?A riveting suspense novel with an anti-behaviorist message that works . . . because it emerges only slowly from the chilling events.? ?Kirkus Reviews
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