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The Better Angels (1979)

by Charles McCarry

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Saw the movie a long time ago, feat. Sean Connery as a TV-Anchorman or reporter and our own Hardy Krueger as a German Arms-Dealer, also Leslie Nielsen and per IMDB Jennifer Jason-Leigh, though I cannot remember their part (Wrong Is Right 1982). At the time it was a bit over the top and in some ways a satire.
The book is more or less the same, but after 9/11 and what followed with suicide bombers till the present, it just takes on a more grim reality what is displayed in the movie and written about in the book - like a prophecy turned reality of a good SF-writer.
May be there are other books (and films), but the threat of fanatical hard-core islamists turned suicide-bomber is described very exactly here. The other themes, spin-doctoring with the press etc. are also very good.
Now more relevant than back when it came out first, I highly recommend this book.
And the movie. But be prepared for a silly B-Movie-Feeling. ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
MDS read Sep 2006
  namfos | Sep 8, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451163230, Mass Market Paperback)

When Charles McCarry's The Better Angels was first published almost thirty years ago, one reviewer lamented that his premise--that terrorists would use passenger-filled airliners as tools of terror--was so incredible as to be an obstacle to the reader's suspension of disbelief. In retrospect, this was to be just one of many of the novel's facets that would prove to be prophetic.

The novel takes place in an election year, close to the turn of the century, in a deeply polarized America. The presidential race matches a tall, lantern-jawed liberal against a far-right former businessman with deep ties to the energy industry. The principal threat to the country comes from Islamic terrorists who are almost impossible to track down, are led by an Arab prince made rich by oil, and are desperate to acquire nuclear bombs to use against Israel or major American cities.

And the similarities don't end there. Written at the height of the Cold War, McCarry's foresight and crisp language produced a masterpiece perhaps more applicable to the world today as it was when first written.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:57 -0400)

Incumbent Frosty Lockwood and former president Franklin Mallory contest the last presidential election of the century amid increasingly compromising reports of the involvement of both in the death of the Arab world's spiritual leader.

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