Night of Camp David

Night of Camp David

Book - 2018 | First Vintage Books edition.
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"What would happen if the president of the U.S.A. went stark-raving mad?" Back by popular demand, The New York Times calls the 1965 bestselling political thriller by the author of Seven Days in May, "A little too plausible for comfort."

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?

Senator Jim MacVeagh is proud to serve his country--and his president, Mark Hollenbach, who has a near-spotless reputation as the vibrant, charismatic leader of MacVeagh's party and the nation. When Hollenbach begins taking MacVeagh into his confidence, the young senator knows that his star is on the rise.

But then Hollenbach starts summoning MacVeagh in the middle of the night to Camp David. There, the president sits in the dark and rants about his enemies, unfurling insane theories about all the people he says are conspiring against him. They would do anything, President Hollenbach tells the stunned senator, to stop him from setting in motion the grand, unprecedented plans he has to make America a great world power once again.

MacVeagh comes away from these meetings increasingly convinced that the man he once admired has lost his mind. But what can he do? Who can he tell?


Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2018.
Edition: First Vintage Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©1965
ISBN: 9780525567103
0525567100
Branch Call Number: Fic
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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