The Manchurian Candidate - Study Guide Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

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Senator John Iselin sneaks into a regularly scheduled press conference given by the Secretary of Defense, and very loudly proclaims that he has a list of two hundred and seven Communists working in the Defense Department. He becomes an instant celebrity. On his first television appearance, though, the number of card-carrying Communists slips to fifty-eight. Later, Iselin says there are eighty-two, but at this point, the fact that there are Communists in the Defense Department concerns the public much more than the precise number. At one point, Mrs. Iselin tells her husband to say that there is one Communist at the highest level of the DoD, and that he is master spy. Here, Johnny begins to struggle, and during one drunken speech before the Senate, he plays fast and loose with every figure he's been fed. From then on, the number is fixed at fifty-seven, and Iselin...

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