What happens when the hottest movie from our time mysteriously takes over a small town theater in 1954? It explodes on the family friendly fifties with disruptive force. Disneyland, the rise of TV, the decline of movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, McCarthyism, the Red Scare, the Lavender Scare, young love, forbidden love, the Catholic Legion of Decency, the ambitions of Richard M. Nixon, the suffering of Pat Nixon, the suffering of Paul Robeson, the Bush dynasty, the Dulles Brothers, the fever dreams of J. Edgar Hoover, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Edward R. Murrow, Ike, the Kefauver hearings and the depravity of comic books, the Superman complex…all the familiar signposts of the era confront a new signpost up ahead known as Black Panther. It plays on a continuous loop, creating a panic that spreads from small town America to the White House. President Eisenhower forms a special task force to get to the bottom of the subversive film. Under the direction of ever-vigilant Vice President Richard M. Nixon, the investigation disrupts the lives of two young lovers and sparks murder, racial tensions and H-Bomb anxieties. Black Panther's journey back to the past has the cultural impact of a meteor hitting earth and burying a large, hot vein of Vibranium-strength truth beneath the United States, forcing a heart-to-heart dialog between the 20th and 21st centuries.
A great read for lovers of historical fiction, political satire, movie and pop culture-based books, and for Baby Boomers. Not necessary to see the movie Black Panther before reading, but it can help enhance your enjoyment.