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Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

General Jack D. Ripper, commander of Burpelson Air Force Base, is obsessed with keeping his precious bodily fluids pure -- especially from the Commies -- and has ordered B-52s to bomb the Soviet Union unprovoked. His commander on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Turgidson, is almost pleased, but the appalled U.S. President does everything he can to warn the Russians and either bring the planes back or get them shot down and save the planet from total destruction. This 1963 novelization of the classic black comedy film co-written by George, director Stanley Kubrick, and Terry Southern, diverges from the movie in subtle ways -- Major Kong doesn't actually ride the bomb down, and Dr. Strangelove never speaks until after the Russians' Doomsday Machine has been triggered -- but many scenes of familiar dialogue, especially with Ripper, Turgidson, and Colonel "Bat" Guano and Group Captain Mandrake -- are snappingly preserved.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, general

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   airforce pilot Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   warplane Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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