Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 3.56 with 833 ratings (as of 3/27/2019)

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 rise.

But 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 again. 

MacVeagh 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? …more

200 Word Review

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel was originally published in 1965. Some of the words were outdated but the story itself stood the test of time.

In Night of Camp David a junior senator, James F. MacVeigh, had a private meeting with President Mark Hollenbach at Camp David. Hollenbach begins to bring MacVeigh into his confidence. At first, MacVeigh is honored but he notices odd behavior of the president and wonders if Hollenbach is unstable.

I have never done this but I am going to copy Howard’s Goodreads review which he posted 3/15/15. He wrote “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.”

Because of the current political climate I do not discuss politics. That being said, this is intriguing story and am glad I read it. Just remember it was published in 1965 so some of the attitudes toward women will annoy some people.

I added Fletcher Knebel’s 1962 novel, “Seven Days In May” and the corresponding movie starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas to my want to read/see lists.

Review published on, Smashbomb, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble on 3/27/19.

Genre: Thriller, Political Thriller
Print Length: 352 pages
ISBN13: 9780525567103
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: November 20, 2018 (first published January 1st 1965)

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