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The Cold Six Thousand Paperback – June 11, 2002
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And behind these three, J. Edgar Hoover is the master puppeteer, pulling strings with visionary zeal and resolute pragmatism, the still point around whom the novel roils and tumbles. At once evil and comic, Hoover predicts that LBJ "will deplete his prestige on the home front and recoup it in Vietnam. History will judge him as a tall man with big ears who needed wretched people to love him," and feels that Cuba "appeals to hotheads and the morally impaired. It's the cuisine and the sex. Plantains and women who have intercourse with donkeys."
The Seussian comparison isn't that far-fetched: Ellroy's novel, like the children's books (and like the very decade it limns), is flexible, spontaneous, and unabashedly off-kilter. Weighing in at a hefty 700 pages, The Cold Six Thousand is a trifle bloated by the excesses of its narrative form. But what glorious excess it is, as Ellroy continues to illuminate the twin impulses toward idealism and corruption that frame American popular and political culture. He deftly puts unforgettable faces and voices to the murkiest of conspiracy theories, and simultaneously mocks our eager assumption that such knowledge will make a difference. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Superb u might need some knowĺedge of contemporary history to really appreciate itPublished 2 months ago by martin o neill
Takes Ellroy's signature "less is more" approach to sentence structure to extremes. At times it feels like an incredibly violent "Dick and Jane" primer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danny Jarrett
Read American Tabloid in '99 during my freshman year of high school (when I was 14 going on 58) and obsessed with all things '40's-'70's in American History from Old Time Radio... Read morePublished 3 months ago by GA Citron
Fast paced, brutal, and uncompromising.Reading some passages of James Elroy's novel can seem like a slap in the face. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mil
Not for the faint of heart. A novel based on some real events and some fictional events and a mixture of real people and the author's characters (no doubt based on real people). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eric
I have to say I think this is my favorite James Ellroy novel. I galloped through the LA quadrilogy and then very nearly before I regained my nerve, I leaped back into the hell hole... Read morePublished 10 months ago by trevor
The plot was for the most part foreseeable. The writing style of staccato bursts of 3-5 word sentences does not appeal to me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dr R P I
Its fiction ... but so believable. A rollercoaster ride into the crime world that is USA.Published 11 months ago by Ed Coleman