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Seven Days in May Hardcover – 1962
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A coup d'etat in the United States? A visionary pacifist President gets a disarmament treaty ratified, over the military's opposition, and is about to begin implementing it despite widespread public apprehension and disapproval. Some top military and congressional leaders, led by the charismatic general who chairs the Joint Chiefs of Staff, join forces in taking advantage of the President's political weakness--but what are they planning, and how far will they go? The general's aide begins connecting certain ominous clues, suspects the worst, and shares his fears with the President. Then the battle is joined: the President and a small inner circle must not only figure out whether there is a conspiracy but, if there is one, must neutralize it--all before a blow that might fall at any time, all without provoking the conspirators into premature action, and all without falling prey to a paranoia that will itself furnish the pretext for bringing down the President even if there never was any conspiracy. The writing is tight and dramatic. "Seven Days in May" was adapted to the big screen in a 1964 film starring Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster, and again thirty years later in a 1994 made-for-television movie starring Forrest Tucker. Both versions do justice to the novel.( Amazon Customer)
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This book, written during that same time period as the movie FailSafe, when Cold War fears were upppermost, so that US citizens were building bomb shelters in their back yards and stocking them with provisions, captures the tension around this nationwide fear of atomic war. Excellently written, this apolitical novel portrays the drama of a coup attempt against the US presidency because of the furor caused by a nuclear disarmament treaty.
This compelling page-turner, highly recommended, was made into an excellent movie of the same name, starring Burt Lancaster, also highly recommended.
A great listen - well acted, picking different highlights than the movies, and explaining a lot more (because you can't just SEE what's happening) and a different feel from a lot of radio drama because of the live audience response.
Worth the money and worth the 2 hours to listen.
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