As this campaign season -- that has often seemed so much more like fiction than fact -- speeds toward the national conventions, our thoughts turn to actual fiction featuring presidential campaigns. For summer reading, you may like to try these.
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon. In this quintessential Cold War thriller, Raymond Shaw is a brainwashed sleeper agent for Soviet intelligence. Programmed to obey any order upon seeing the Queen of Diamonds in a deck of cards, can Shaw be prevented from assassinating a presidential candidate?