Triumph Author:Philip Wylie With typical Wylie frankness, perception, and inescapable logic, the author of Generation of Vipers, and Opus 21 carries the "Mass insanity" of the world's populace forward to its long-known-possible fate, but ignored-as-inconceivable fate, in this appalling fictitious (we hope!) account of WW III: — "...the United States of America was obliterat... more »ed as a nation of cities and burned to death, after that, in all main urban areas-then, smothered the same night in a death-blanket which could be escaped only in the most elaborately prepared shelters..."
"But there is no USA"
And no Russia.
In all the world's upper hemisphere, only one small group, as far as they themselves know, survives-fourteen people, sheltered deep within a limestone mountain in Connecticut, with supplies and equipment sufficient to maintain their subsistence for upwards of two years.
Among the group are a forward-planning millionaire and his family, a level-headed Jewish scientist, a playboy, an aging Negro servant and his voluptuous daughter, a gigolo and the glamorous woman who had been his mistress, a beautiful CHinese girl, a young meter reader, two children, and a Japanese engineer. Fully aware of the outcome of the war that had raged, briefly, above them, the survivors seethe with hatred, fall into depressions over their losses, rise to moments of superhuman bravery, and lapse into behavior that reflects their human weaknesses.« less