“Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is absolutely nothing else to do”: First Edition of Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate; Signed by Him
The Manchurian Candidate.
Item Number: 25039
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc, 1959.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Richard Condon on the title page. Small name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
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. The 1962 film bearing the same name was directed by John Frankenheimer, and starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Janet Leigh; co-starring are Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, and James Gregory.