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Fail-Safe

(1963)
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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.

    

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Hardback Editions

October 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fail-Safe
Author(s): Eugene Burdick
ISBN: 0-8488-0437-6 / 978-0-8488-0437-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Limited
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June 1962 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fail-Safe,
Author(s): Eugene Burdick
ISBN: 0-07-008927-2 / 978-0-07-008927-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Paperback Editions

May 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fail Safe
Author(s): Eugene Burdick, Harvey Wheeler
ISBN: 0-88001-654-X / 978-0-88001-654-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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July 1963 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Fail Safe
Author(s): Eugene Burdick, Harvey Wheeler
ISBN: 0-440-12459-X / 978-0-440-12459-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fail-Safe
Author(s): Eugene Burdick, Harvey Wheeler
Publisher: RosettaBooks
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