Fail-Safe

Overview

A gripping novel about a world faced with nuclear disaster, first published in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. As more countries develop nuclear capabilities, the issues raised in this compelling thriller are as timely today as ever.
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Overview

A gripping novel about a world faced with nuclear disaster, first published in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. As more countries develop nuclear capabilities, the issues raised in this compelling thriller are as timely today as ever.
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Norman Cousins noted in Saturday Review that the novel is "less about an ultimate war between one nation and another than it is about the ultimate war between man and his machines. . . . The book becomes an essay on man--and a powerful one. It indicates that as man has gone up in the order of power he has gone down in the order of control." When Cousins asked the author if this kind of accident was possible, Burdick replied: "I believe it to be inevitable under the present circumstances. That is why [Harvey Wheeler and I] wrote this book. I don't know of a scientist who has a direct knowledge of `fail-safe' who isn't worried."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780848804374
  • Publisher: Amereon, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996

Meet the Author

Born in Sheldon, Iowa, Eugene Burdick (1918–1965) was a professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley. He served as Chairman of the World Affairs Council in San Francisco and as one of the first members of the Society for General Systems Research. He published his first novel, The Ninth Wave, in 1956. He is the author of the best-selling thriller The Ugly American, along with Bill Lederer.

An American author and professor of political philosophy at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, John Harvey Wheeler (1918–2004) is also the author of several fiction and nonfiction books, as well as a founding editor of the Journal of Social and Biological Structures. His books include Rise of the Elders, Lattimore the Scholar, and Democracy in a Revolutionary Era.
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