Richard Condon

Richard Condon was an American novelist best known for his political thrillers, including 'The Manchurian Candidate' which was published in 1959. His works often contained satirical elements and explored themes of political corruption and psychological manipulation. Condon's writing career spanned several decades, and he authored over 25 books.


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  1. 1. The Manchurian Candidate

    The novel is a political thriller that delves into the dark world of espionage and brainwashing during the Cold War. It follows the story of a former prisoner of war who, upon returning to the United States, is hailed as a war hero. Unbeknownst to him and the public, he has been programmed by a foreign power to be an unwitting assassin. His conditioning is triggered by a complex set of stimuli, and he is directed to carry out a high-profile political assassination that could alter the course of history. As the plot unfolds, a fellow soldier begins to unravel the conspiracy, racing against time to prevent the programmed soldier from executing his deadly mission, which is orchestrated by a Communist conspiracy aiming to seize control of the American government.

    The 1188th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Prizzi's Honor

    The book revolves around Charley Partanna, a hitman for the Prizzi family, one of the most powerful crime syndicates in America. Charley's life becomes complicated when he falls in love with Irene Walker, a beautiful freelance assassin. Unbeknownst to him, Irene is also involved in swindling the Prizzis. As their romance deepens, Charley is torn between his loyalty to the family and his feelings for Irene, leading to a treacherous game of deceit, power, and honor that could cost him everything he holds dear.

    The 5215th Greatest Book of All Time