Book Review: “The Ninth Wave,” by Eugene Burdick

Posted on November 28, 2010


Heartless Politician

He Believes Voters Are Easily Molded

Book Review of “The Ninth Wave,” by Eugene Burdick, Houghton Mifflin.

Mike Freesmith and Hank Moore… not see eye to eye on fundamentals.  The main difference is that Hank, an old-fashioned fellow, believes in right and good, while Mike is for efficiency and accomplishment…

From his varied experiences he comes to the conclusion that two emotions rule most of the people most of the time:  fear and hate.  Coldly and deliberately he goes to work on that idea.

He picks a political leader, he sets out to shove him down the throats of the supposedly sovereign voters of his state, his theories begin to show their value, the powerful knuckle before the new and greater power, and then the fateful ninth wave comes in foaming and roaring again.

For election year here is a novel about an election, written on a Houthton Mifflin fellowship and chosen as a Book-of-the-Month.

You will not forget Mike; he’s not a political boss, he’s a calculating, heartless machine.  But you’ll worry more about us the people.  Mike is so smart because the voters he molds are such dumb sheep.  He wouldn’t do so much damage pulling strings if we were not such puppets.  Read this before you register, read this before you vote.

-W. G. Rogers

The Miami News
June 2, 1956

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