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Seven Days in May (Library Edition Audio CDs) (L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collections)
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Gender situations very much reflect the era book was written. Some may find them offensive today.
The author basically pretends the CIA did not exist, yet it was likely the CIA rather than the DOD that toppled Kennedy.
I have to wonder. Were the authors trying to warn Kennedy that something big was afoot and he needed to watch out? Or did they simply reflect the belief implicitly conveyed by the authors that the peace movement of the time was a very real and realistically-oriented process being thwarted by Defense insiders that Kennedy already knew about?
It sounds a warning still valid today that modern democracy is always threatened by the chance concurrence of hard times, social paranoia, and compliant media cooperation with a particularly effective demagogue. Unfortunately, three of those four elements are in place right now in the US.
(The movie screenplay by Rod Serling conveys these thoughts more effectively in some ways.)
The book propounds that a few loyal citizens and a wise, democratically predisposed President can beat these forces. Can they today? Would they? Do such people even exist any more?
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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