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message 1: by Andre Jute (last edited Oct 10, 2012 06:44PM) (new)

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THE TIME-LIFE CONSPIRACY is an omnibus containing the novel AN ELECTION OF PATRIOTS, the screenplay A CRIME OF INFLUENCE, and the radio play PIVOT, both adapted from the novel by the author, Andre Jute.

It didn’t just happen that soundbite television came to trivialize policy.

Someone willed it. A very surprising someone.

With the best possible intentions. For the best possible reasons. In all sincerity.

To save the Republic. To elect the best possible President.

A crime of influence. Perpetrated by real people.

Who paid a real price.

This is their true story. In their own words.

THE TIME-LIFE CONSPIRACY by Andre Jute
$4.99/£3.08/€3.80


message 2: by Andre Jute (last edited Sep 18, 2012 03:33PM) (new)

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“Wild but exciting. A grand job with plenty of irony.” — New York Times

“So bizarre, it’s probably all true.” — London Evening News

“This is an important book.” — Sydney Morning Herald

“A masterly story that has pace, humor, tension and excitement with the bonus of truth.” — The Australian

“Jute has clearly conducted a great deal of research into everything he describes, investing the novel with an air of prophecy.” — Times Literary Supplement


message 3: by Andre Jute (new)

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"A powerful read from Andre Jute!" — Kathleen Valentine

THE TIME-LIFE CONSPIRACY by Andre Jute
$4.99/£3.08/€3.80


message 4: by Andre Jute (last edited Oct 10, 2012 06:45PM) (new)

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Allan Regier's review of THE TIME-LIFE CONSPIRACY on LibraryThing and Goodreads:

"...a fascinating story about background influence and political intrigue at the pivot point in history when television drastically altered campaigning and politics. Those changes are still in force 60 years and 14 elections later. "

Though its power is waning, television's influences on mainstream culture is platitudinous. Rarely do we ask how it came to be the most powerful medium, and when. Andre Jute answers those questions in The Time-Life Conspiracy. The transition from print occurred earlier than I thought. The events in the story took place in 1952, about the same time as television became the most popular deliverer of the daily news. The story focuses on the schemes of Henry Luce, the co-founder of Time magazine and the most influential publisher of his day, to end the long drought of the Republican Party. It is Luce who determines Eisenhower can win the election, and helps persuade him to seek the presidential nomination for the Republican Party and orchestrates a television campaign to win the primary.

Revealing the barest plot summary shouldn’t hinder anyone from enjoying the novella. It is a fascinating story about background influence and political intrigue at the pivot point in history when television drastically altered campaigning and politics. Those changes are still in force 60 years and 14 elections later.

The novella was a bit hard to follow at times due to the number of characters in it, but that’s politics and can't be avoided. I was intrigued by the self-critical views of television people regarding soundbites, images and lack of in-depth reportage. I applaud their honesty and wish the visionary marketers of the internet were half as honest.

I read the novella An Election of Patriots, and quickly scanned through the screen and radio plays in The Time-Life Conspiracy omnibus. The author wanted to tell the story in the characters own recorded words, so the plays were good forms to achieve his objective. In the novella Jute uses dialogue very effectively to characterize the players and present historical events.

An Election of Patriots was an entertaining tale and I learned something; that makes it story worth adding to my bookshelf.

THE TIME-LIFE CONSPIRACY by Andre Jute
$4.99/£3.08/€3.80


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