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Really needs editing to point out that the novel itself was satire. That's not a YMMV thing, Heinlein himself wrote the novel as a satirical piece—the point that was missed by the director of the films, who decided to satire the satire (I swear there's a trope there for that)...
Heinlein was a very, very libertarian (not the Tea Party definition, the "all should live free and like each other or at least leave each other alone as long as it's not actively harmful" variety) author—the sociopolitical views espoused in Stranger in a Strange Land were closest to what one might state his actual leanings. Look up Number of the Beast or Glory Road (no, not that one, the sci-fantasy novel) for further reading.
So... half the summary is dedicated to taking a position in the argument about the books political merits / vs the film. Why?
Poorly written description. That is Analysis material, not for the main page.
So it should be edited to something more coherent?
I removed the claim that Rico died shortly after the last battle. It's based on a common misunderstanding. (The death of the historic Rodger Young, the ship's namesake, is mentioned in a historical note right after the main text ends.) If there's any other source for this, please let me know and I will cheerfully re-add the Word of God claim.
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