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chapter 1 Night of Camp David, meaning Night of Camp David, genre Night of Camp David, book cover Night of Camp David, flies Night of Camp David, Night of Camp David 6dcdac1b1a5a7 How Can One Man Convince The Highest Powers In Washington That The President Of The United States Is Dangerously Unstable Before It S Too Late Senator Jim MacVeagh Is Proud To Serve His Country And His President, Mark Hollenbach, Who Has A Near Spotless Reputation As The Vibrant, Charismatic Leader Of MacVeagh S Party And The Nation When Hollenbach Begins Taking MacVeagh Into His Confidence, The Young Senator Knows That His Star Is On The RiseBut Then Hollenbach Starts Summoning MacVeagh In The Middle Of The Night To Camp David There, The President Sits In The Dark And Rants About His Enemies, Unfurling Insane Theories About All The People He Says Are Conspiring Against Him They Would Do Anything, President Hollenbach Tells The Stunned Senator, To Stop Him From Setting In Motion The Grand, Unprecedented Plans He Has To Make America A Great World Power Once AgainMacVeagh Comes Away From These Meetings Increasingly Convinced That The Man He Once Admired Has Lost His Mind But What Can He Do Who Can He Tell

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  1. says:

    Congratulations, you clever people at Vintage books You really suckered me into reading this one I mean, there I was, minding my own business, walking past the shelves at a middling pace, when I saw this paperback book, its white white lettering glaring against a black black background WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A WENT STARK RAVING MAD Now me, being a good American concerned for the fate of my country and in the habit of paying attention to the president s tweets, thought to myself, yes, that could happen So I examined the book closely, and when I found it was Night of Camp David written by Fletcher Kneble co author of my second favorite political thriller movie, Seven Days in May , I decided to give it a try.Boy, was I was wrong I won t say it was bad exactly, but it was frequently boring, written in that typical mid century bestseller style Michener, Uris, Drury, etc , featuring imperfectly developed characters who especially considering how undeveloped they are take themselves way too seriously I mean the men The female characters equally undeveloped, except for breast size aren t allowed to take themselves seriously at all There are a few good moments here, most of them from the increasingly paranoid president his joke at the Gridiron dinner about universal wire taps, his grand scheme to form a political union with Scandinavia, his cruel, self absorbed letters to his son bad grades and an Oklahoma farmer who dares to offer a harmless suggestion about water conservation.The ending, though, was worse than the rest Fletcher Kneble, in the long run, lost his nerve, and, refusing to consider the implications of ending with a bang, decided instead on a whimper Do yourself a favor, and if you want to read a political thriller from the 60 s, choose Richard Condon s Manchurian Candidate instead which is my first favorite political thriller movie.Oh, a final word to the good folks at Vintage Books I didn t purchase that copy of Night at Camp David I checked it out of the library instead Ha Ha Got the last laugh on you

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    What would happen if the President of the United States POTUS showed signs of mental instability Such is the question in Fletcher Knebel s 1965 political novel that reverberates in current literature When James MacVeagh is summoned to meet with President Mark Hollenbach at Camp David, he is unsure what to expect, especially this late at night The junior senator from Iowa agrees, hoping that he will be privy to some interesting information Their meeting is quite odd, one in which Hollenbach expounds on how his beleaguered VP is likely to be replaced ahead of the Democratic National Convention later that year POTUS also vents that there is a conspiracy building against him, leading him to want to enact all encompassing phone tapping measures to keep the country safe As MacVeagh leaves the meeting, he cannot help but wonder what he s just witnessed, but remains tight lipped for the time being When, during a second late meeting with Hollenbach at Camp David, MacVeagh is told that he will be chosen for the VP position, he listens to a long winded discussion of a new super state to rival the USSR and Red China Convinced that there is something truly amiss, MacVeagh begins asking around about what others might have heard While few have anything concrete to offer, some who hold MacVeagh s confidence begin to wonder if the junior senator might be feeling the stress of the job Meanwhile, a few Americans receive personalised letters from their Commander in Chief, missives that seem completely out of sorts for their curt and conspiratorial nature As MacVeagh begins to approach congressional leaders, he realises that he has to act quickly, as there is only a loosely formal means of removing POTUS When MacVeagh tries to act, those around him begin to wonder if he has his own political ambitions and must be stopped before he brings down a popular president The race is on to find substantial answers before the country is in real danger The question remains, who poses the greatest threat, Hollenbach or MacVeagh A brilliant piece whose themes echo in today s political climate, Knebel has penned a winner that many of those with a love of political thrillers should not pass up.It was only by fluke that I stumbled upon this piece, written over half a century ago It would seem, however, that a publisher has sought to shed some light on it, as it was recently re released for the general public to appreciate again Knebel was known for his political thrillers in the 1960s and 70s, which appear to pass the test of time The reader will find much interest in both the MacVeagh and Hollenbach characters, both of whom are believable and relatable to current politicians As MacVeagh has only recently found himself in federal politics, he is by no means out of touch with the American voter Hollenbach, on the other hand, is well versed in politics and the game being played Both dance around the central issue of mental instability as it relates to POTUS, dodging and diving at just the right moment The handful of other actors involved play key and interesting roles that both advance the narrative and keep the reader guessing The story is strong and, as I mentioned before, can be read today with few bumps Surely, there will be geographic and technological differences, but the story flows so well that the attentive reader can supplant talk of the USSR with Russia and albums with other forms of music devices Of greatest interest to the fan of the political thriller will be that there is much discussion of the role of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution before it was enacted While Congress passed the amendment which deals with presidential incapacity in the summer of 1965, it was not formally enacted until 1967 I am not entirely sure when in 65 Knebel released this book but he has a great deal of insight and, for the purposes of the book, relies on a presidential agreement with his vice president about succession One can only imagine what a modern novel might include by tackling the plot of this novel I can only surmise that it might be explosive and well worth my reading.Kudos, Mr Knebel, for a sensational story that has remained poignant all these years later I will definitely be exploring some of your other work to see if they are just as exciting.Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge

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    If POTUS went raving mad,Would it be really, really bad Knebel, when he wrote this bookHad no idea where to look Had to rely on his imaginationTo describe what would happen to the nation.Well, now we are better informed,With bitter experience we are armed A mad POTUS, all angry and bitterWill spend most of his time ranting on Twitter,Will talk incessantly of building a wallWhile the country does a Decline and Fall Will deny science and forgo good senseAnd incur to the world, damage immense.The only hope for a beleaguered nationWould be the positive outcome of a certain investigation

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    Read on and off through the night A prescient book which I read back in the early 70s as I developed a taste for political thrillers I was reminded of it while watching a segment of The Rachel Maddow show where she talked about a president suffering from mental incapacity, she was reminded of this book by political historian Michael Beschloss I went to look for it, but it was out of print and wildly expensive Lo and behold, however, the buzz created by their discussion caused a reissue, and so my first book of 2019 is about how to remove an unfit president from office It holds up pretty well, especially as male attitudes in much of Washington seem to have not evolved as much as they have outside the Beltway i.e much of the rest of the country, especially the blue bits during MeToo TimesUp era Notably the only woman who was involved in the action was a mistress, all the other women were wives, receptionists, and secretaries It felt like the Republican side of the Kavanaugh hearings Highly recommended for its political resonance in our politically fraught times.

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    REREAD.I didn t write a review of this book, because in this instance the publisher s blurb is a perfect review that does not spoil the plot That is rare.

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    Two important facts 1 The unofficial subtitle of this work of fiction is What would happen if the president of the USA went stark raving mad 2 It was published in 1965.This novel by Fletcher Knebel was just reissued by Random House, presumably because the premise is so close to what many people in this country now think of our current president The similarities end there The book s fictional president, Mark Hollenbach, is very very different from Donald Trump and not just because Hollenbach is a Democrat One thing that this book is NOT is a loosely veiled roman clef about the current administration See point No 2 above The plot is actually fairly simple After three years in office, the president s personality seems to have drastically changed oddball behavior, a stormy temper and eccentric ideas that could threaten national security He believes some of his closest advisers, including his vice president, are conspiring against him Is the president paranoid with delusions of grandeur Perhaps it is the time we now live in, but the book seems very much dated and not only because of the superficialities of language Negro, girl, newspapermen Much of what is perceived as potential insanity wouldn t even make the 3 a.m news today, much less cause senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices and the Secret Service to get all worked up over it as they do in this book Even excusing that, the text is lumbering and slow moving Worst of all, the ending is quite disappointing Still, the basic premise of the book what if the president DID go stark raving mad is chilling Too bad it didn t even begin to answer that question.

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    Fletcher Knebel s first book written without Charles W Bailey II, this is a worthy follow up to Seven Days in May This time, a junior senator from Iowa is asked to meet with the President at Camp David the result of the meeting is that the senator begins to believe that the President is becoming clinically paranoid and is descending into madness.Writing in 1965, Knebel tries, and for the most part succeeds, to keep the tone matter of fact and eschews melodramatic flourishes in favor of documentary detachment and realism While some readers today find this approach dull, others, including myself, feel that it enhances the tension and the unease The most disturbing thing about the book is that the behaviors that in 1965 would make you think the president is insane now would get him elected.

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    Almost adorable in its naivete considering our current situation, but this was written in 1965 The president in this book is of a Mike Pence character in his weird Puritanical attitude towards women which is seen as a warning sign when the Senator who is up for the VP job starts to investigate the president s background , though the president is a nice contrast to the hero of the book, a sleazy first time Senator from Iowa, who grows alarmed of the president s mental state after the roasting at the Press Correspondent s dinner and subsequent break with reality at Camp David You can see why this book is being talked about again especially with the first chapter of the Press Correspondent s dinner since it deals with a mentally unstable president and the Deep State group of politicians including the Supreme Court Justice in this book, who is of course named Cavanaugh who try to save the country and the world from him Like most thrillers of the 60s and 70s there is of course a mistress subplot, since the hero of this book and his often mentioned cleft chin is just too handsome and manly to settle for one woman his doting wife and teen aged daughter unfortunately named Chinky and strays with a secretary whose life and career he selfishly fucks over Parts of the book are funny because of the anachronisms or just how much we now know the paragraphs on how great the FBI was and how any info was safe with J Edgar Hoover because he would never stoop to blackmail and the party distinctions mean a bit less, since the president hero of the book are both Democrats Republicans barely seen in this at all , but since this was written right at the time of the Civil Rights act and South switching allegiance from Democratic party to Republican, party distinctions don t really apply Instead it s seen as a civic duty to stop a madman from having control of nuclear weapons Besides the humor of eerie parallels, it s also kind of sad There is lots of casual misogyny but it s also seen as a stumbling block to power the hero can put aside of ever hoping to run for president or vice president in the future because of the affair Graft and pocketing money from positions of power is also seen as a reason for resignation, when now not the case The book wrapped up a lot sooner than I thought it would because it is also seen as anathema to not put the country before party or personal consideration The cliche of Truth is stranger than fiction still applies but this was a quick and pretty fun read.

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    This was an almost thrill for me The writing was competent and sometimes insightful the author had a way with imagery that rarely felt stale and often surprised And the premise is a whopper what do you do if you think the president of the United States is insane This is the dilemma faced by a junior senator from Iowa, Jim MacVeagh The year is somewhere in the 1960s the book was published in 1965 the administration is Democratic but not Lyndon Johnson s The president has summoned the senator to Camp David to shoot the breeze and to dangle the idea that he might choose MacVeagh to replace the current vice president when he runs for reelection But the conversation goes askew and MacVeagh leaves distinctly uneasy.Subsequent events do not make him feel any better, and before he knows it he s plunged into a terrible dilemma one that brings down upon him the scrutiny of both the FBI and the Secret Service In trying to do the right thing he finds himself getting into deeper and deeper trouble, till his own career is threatened, not to mention his family and his comfortable life.If this sounds like a thriller, it s not quite, of a political procedural I found the details of Washington absorbing and only occasionally dated, and the implications of the dilemma fascinating For just one instance, if three people in the government are responsible for deciding, together, to launch a nuclear weapon and one of those people is insane, how do you insulate the decision making process from that person Especially if that person is the ultimate decider, the president Enough to make your hair stand on end.All that said, I was disappointed by the ending Things could have gone much worse than they did, and as a reader I wanted them to Of course, if this had been an account of real events, I would have been grateful It all rather petered out But the first three quarters of the book really held me.

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    What does a lawmaker do when he s convinced the president of the United States is insane Here s a plausible scenario Older book, but still relevant and thrilling.

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