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KIRKUS REVIEW

Nobody knows for sure just how this author team works. Does Knebel spin the plot wheel while Bailey controls the vocabulary? No matter, their efforts have added up to money before as Seven Days In May is our witness. In the not too distant , a Convention is held in Chicago by the Republican Party. There, some of the standard bearers of rugged individualism sell their birthright for a mess of data from a computer. Even worse, this monstrous machine is being fed by a sinister team -- enegade union leader who is cozy with a manufacturer type. Mrs. Orcutt, a delegate from the Lone Star State, doesn't like the idea that her personal information right down to the fact of a still-birth is going on a punched card. As a prime example of the boys didn't want to give the girls the franchise, she blabs all and switches her vote to Charles B. Manchester. He is a full -screen sized hero and he had the nomination sewed up until he made a statement about cutting back on defense spending. t costs him votes, but his Integrity won't let him back down. As any fool can see, the electorate responds to Old Integrity like it does to dog stories, and while the sub-plots grind away in pre-spliced perfection, Manchester gets the omination on the first ballot. The mechanics of the convention hall are well caught ere while party politics are made to seem almost as much fun as a fast game of . An entertainment.

Pub Date: March 11th, 1964
Publisher: Harper & Row