A 1965 Novel About an Unhinged President Is Being Rereleased


A 1965 Times review of Fletcher Knebel’s “Night of Camp David” called the book “too plausible for comfort.”

  • Alexandra Alter
  • The New York Times

A couple of months ago, prominent political pundits began buzzing about a provocative book by a Washington journalist.

The book — which raised questions about what Congressional leaders should do if the president was mentally unstable and unfit for office — wasn’t a new expose about the Trump administration.

It was a 1965 political thriller by Fletcher Knebel.

The novel, “Night of Camp David,” features an unhinged American president who falls prey to his own…

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