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Future WarsThe Anticipations and the Fears$
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David Seed

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317552

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317224

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Adapting the Absurd Apocalypse: Eugene Burdick's and Harvey Wheeler's Fail-Safe and its Cinematic Progeny

Adapting the Absurd Apocalypse: Eugene Burdick's and Harvey Wheeler's Fail-Safe and its Cinematic Progeny

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(p.161) 9. Adapting the Absurd Apocalypse: Eugene Burdick's and Harvey Wheeler's Fail-Safe and its Cinematic Progeny
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Future Wars
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Nicholas Ruddick

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317552.003.0010

This chapter analyzes the novel Fail-Safe (1962) by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, which was also the source text of a film of the same title (1964) directed by Sidney Lumet. It shows that in Fail-Safe and in the Cuban Missile Crisis, fictional and real confrontations between the US and the Soviet Union played themselves out simultaneously during the latter part of October 1962.

Keywords:   Cold War, Fail-Safe, Sidney Lumet, Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet Union, United States

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