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Book Review of Fail Safe

Fail Safe
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A story that is very readable, even in the context of a post-Cold War world; after all, we still have the weapons, don't we? The novel has a very similar structure to the famous book Burdick co-wrote with William Lederer, "The Ugly American." It also mirrors "Seven Days in May," another book centered around men of power in Washington, trying to resolve a crisis with a doomsday scenario quickly approaching, each chapter devoted to a different character's attempts to avert the disaster. The style is spare and direct - no flowery attempts to spice up the prose; like the mission of the men in the story, it has a simple goal that is immediate and informs while drawing a very real, complex problem.