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 JFKs assassination. Equally controversial on publication, ...
and just as timely today, is Richard Condons 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. Condons expert manipulation of the books multiple themesfrom anticommunist hysteria to megalomaniacal motherhoodmakes this one of the most entertaining, and enduring, books of the era.