Fail Safe Book Summary and Study Guide

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An American nucular bomber gets mistaken go ahead to nuke Moscow. The solution reached between our president and the Russian leader is for Russia to bomb New York. There is nothing like a Cold War classic that is re-released to remind us how thin peace is and how close we can easily come to nucular war.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   power struggle within govt between two factions War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Air Force Disaster, natural or nuclear    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Water?    -   Yes Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   warplane City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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