Night of Camp David

Night of Camp David

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"How can one man convince the highest powers in Washington that the President of the United States is dangerously unstable?before it?s too late?" -- Amazon.com
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018
Edition: First Vintage Books edition
Copyright Date: ©1965
ISBN: 9780525567103
0525567100
9781529111576
1529111579
Branch Call Number: F KNE
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 21 cm

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winston16
Feb 26, 2019

I agree with the recent reviewer that the prose is clunky and shows its 1965 era to a fault, but it is what it is time-wise. Living through this administration and feeling a bit helpless watching what is going on, this novel was a diversion at least. But can't help thinking about what we can do if #45 goes more dangerously off the deep end. Thought-provoking book in that sense.

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patdyp00
Feb 06, 2019

Let's be clear. This is fiction, dated 1965. It's not about anyone even remotely like President Trump. The writing style is mediocre. It concentrates on an inner circle of middle-aged white men who are grudgingly persuaded the (fictitious) President is paranoid.

The only women are wives, a "voluptuous" "olive-skinned" mistress and a cuckoo lobbyist. One black character, a black senator (quite a stretch in 1965), seems a last minute addition and sticks out like a daisy in a rose bouquet. No Latinos (except some unnamed Mexican field hands). No Asians. Not even any Italians -- though a mysterious Secret Service agent is repeatedly described as "swarthy." There are 50-year-old anachronisms as well, such as placing long distance calls with an operator, coin phones operating on a dime, and a five dollar hotel room.

The plot jerks along like an old sedan, but the ending is a wet firecracker. Take it for what it is. Most of the law and secret operations were probably superseded long ago.

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Canth
Sep 06, 2018

The President is Going Crazy.

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