Emperor of America Summary
Emperor of America, Condon presInents a typically bleak picture of American life and politics. This tale of "the owners of the country" details how they use the United States to satisfy their rapacious greed. The most evil of the wealthy owners of America is Wambly Keifetz, who uses a nuclear bomb to destroy Washington, D.C., and nearly every government official. His scheme is to leave the American people with only one choice for a leader, Caesare "Chay" Appleton, a war hero.
Since the age of five, Chay has been in military schools and then the army, rendering him extraordinarily naive about how civilian society functions.
He is motivated by greed and easily manipulated by Keifetz, who promises him a big pension, Chay's one clear goal in life.
Keifetz uses television to manipulate the American people. Throughout the novel, Condon asserts that Americans live in an unreal...
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Emperor of America Short Guide
Essays & Analysis (4)
766 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, See faults Emperor of America for its lack of genuine satire, claiming the novel "is funny as a crutch."
The time is 1990; the place, America. The international ...
736 words, approx. 3 pages
Below, Yardley applauds the accuracy of Condon's satire in Emperor of America.
Richard Condon's 23rd work of fiction isn't so much a novel as a jeremiad, but that is scarcely like...
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In the review below, Blount finds Emperor of America not representative of Condon's usual fiction.
The imminent legacy of Reaganism: an America governed so effectively by fat cats and image-mon...
841 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Mitgang reviews Condon's strong political opinions in Emperor of America, "even if they come across like rabbit punches."
Who would dare to combine the st...