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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (June 1982)
  • ISBN-10: 9993197580
  • ISBN-13: 978-9993197584
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,696,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Samuelson on March 11, 2008
This was the first novel by its author, who went on to co-author _The Ugly American_ and _Fail-Safe_, among other works. He was a first-rate novelist as well as a brilliant political scientist, ranging from foreign policy to nuclear security to political psychology to some of the earliest work on issue polling on stratified samples (the way much issue targeting is done now.) This novel educates the reader about the methods of political persuasion and the ethical questions those methods raise, while providing a roller-coaster of entertainment: sex, war, how to deal with a violent criminal gang, race, religion, social class, how to win at poker, life in the California culture, and various forms of psychological pathology all appear here, while the action drives forward relentlessly. Throughout, surfing is the main metaphor: it's all about riding the wave, either the physical one in the ocean or the metaphorical one in politics, without getting smashed under it, and how riding one big wave can impel you to thinking that you can ride them all, without mishap. (And if you really can ride them all, can you decide to stop? Should someone stop you?) There was reportedly a movie deal, but apparently nobody figured out how to make that movie without losing some important aspect of the book. Maybe now it's time -- or maybe it just can't be done.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
one of the greatest books wirtten in the 50s about the human physcology of what the mind can be forced to do written in novel format. this book is most memorable!!!!!!!! As were most of Dr Burdicks including his book the Ugly American.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2000
Fascinating book about a sociopath and what they are capable of. Surfers would love the book because it gives detailed descriptions of the surfing experience
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alaa alnaji on April 15, 2001
highly readable, very entertaining fascinating characters especialy mike It goes to show u how easy it is to manipulate people and make them do whatever u want them to do. Great piece of fiction.
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