9780880016544

Fail-Safe

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  • ISBN13:

    9780880016544

  • ISBN10:

    088001654X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/2/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

Something has gone wrong. A group of American bombers armed with nuclear weapons is streaking past the fail-safe point, beyond recall, and no one knows why. Their destination -- Moscow.In a bomb shelter beneath the White House, the calm young president turns to his Russian translator and says, "I think we are ready to talk to Premier Kruschchev." Not far away, in the War Room at the Pentagon, the secretary of defense and his aides watch with growing anxiety as the luminous blips crawl across a huge screen map. High over the Bering Strait in a large Vindicator bomber, a colonel stares in disbelief at the attack code number on his fail-safe box and wonders if it could possibly be a mistake.First published in 1962, when America was still reeling from the Cuban missle crisis, Fail-Safe reflects the apocalyptic attitude that pervaded society during the height of the Cold War, when disaster could have struck at any moment. As more countries develop nuclear capabilities and the potential for new enemies lurks on the horizon, Fail-Safe and its powerful issues continue to respond.

Table of Contents

1 The Translator
13(12)
2 The War Room, Omaha
25(32)
3 Descent with Pomp and Authority
57(8)
4 The Blue Skies, the Black Holes
65(12)
5 The Flayed Bull
77(24)
6 Bomb Shelter, the White House
101(4)
7 The Organized Man
105(22)
8 The President and the Translator
127(6)
9 The Vindicators
133(12)
10 The Briefing
145(20)
11 The Urgent Minutes
165(12)
12 Words, Statistics, and Opinions
177(12)
13 The Conference Line
189(10)
14 The Calculation and the Wait
199(14)
15 The Conference Line
213(14)
16 The Last Effort
227(12)
17 The Vindicators
239(4)
18 Cascio's Command
243(8)
19 The Last Mile
251(6)
20 The Conference Line
257(8)
21 No Other Way
265(10)
22 The Conference Line
275(6)
23 The Sacrifice of Abraham
281

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