Preoccupied With Danger: A Nuclear Reaction Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mentally ill white man from the middle of nowhere hates himself and finds himself a failure. To try to cope, he alienates others and finally, in a last gasp of his illness, makes up a story about the Air Force and the Veteran's Administration. This action truly illustrates the main character's illness and his need to blame anything around him for all of his failings.
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The review of this Book prepared by Tyler Durden

Time: 1950s-present. Over forty years surviving with a stress injury(chronic PTSD) caused by training/work as a nuclear fusing specialist on bombs "flown" on SAC B52s in the Cold War, a Korean War veteran struggles with VA to get help. First claim 1976, hassled and withdrew. Second claim in 1999 and still awaiting a decision. Book illustrates long term survival with injury but the cost is high for victim, families, careers, community.
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Plot & Themes

Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   physical disability/sickness Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist    -   religious figure Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally Ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1960's-1970's    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   scared    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   mostly dialog    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book    -   26-50% of book

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