Fail Safe Book Analysis

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The USAF, the United States government, the public, and the newspaper press believe that the novel, Fail Safe by Eugene Harvey and Burdick Wheeler creates controversy about the Military Forces. The USAF claims that the Fail Safe novel will just make the public believe that war can be caused by an accident, which is putting a horrible impression on the U.S. forces and puts the U.S. forces at fault. The USAF and the United States government also believes that the Fail Safe novel could be put into the hands of the communist, which could lead to several consequences, such as the U.S. prestige being damaged and how the U.S. is viewed world-wide. The newspaper press points out that the information of the novel does not add up since there …show more content…
The reason was simple. There had never been a showdown, and there could never be a sure test showdown”. The second claim that the USAF makes is the SAC bombers do not return to their bases after a false alarm occurs. For instance, in the USAF’s Evaluation of The Book “Fail Safe” letter it states “…nor to return SAC bombers to their bases in the event of false alarm”. In Eugene Harvey and Burdick Wheeler’s Fail Safe novel in chapter two called “The War Room, Omaha”, the generals could not tell if the unidentified object nearby was a commercial plane that has lost power or not. Colonel Cascio calls out a false alarm once the generals know that it is a plane (BOAC Flight No.117) that has lost power. The pilot bombers then go back to their bases, which is ordered by the general. For example, in the Fail Safe novel, it states "Colonel Cascio bent forward and operated a single lever. Instantly the radio-transmitted order became apparent on the Big Board. The fighters started to move in a long curve back toward their bases”. The third claim that the USAF makes is that the president and the president’s advisors have time to assess and to make a decision whether to attack. The president also gives the instructions for the …show more content…
One of the newspaper reviews is from the “Baltimore Sun” titled When an Accident Set Off the Raid. In the “Baltimore Sun” newspaper article, the newspaper editor, John Goodspeed quotes one of the authors of Fail Safe saying that the accident described in the Fail Safe novel may not happen the way it is described, but the accident could occur. For example, in the “Baltimore Sun” newspaper article, it states ““The accident may not occur in the way we describe”, the authors (both political scientists) write in their preface, “but the laws of probability assure us that ultimately it will occur””. Another newspaper article from the “Omaha World Herald” titled ‘War-by-Accident’: Is Theme Enough brings up the fact that the authors of the Fail Safe novel did not conduct any kind of research from the SAC headquarters to use to write this novel. For example, the “Omaha World Herald” newspaper article claims “But for some reason the research does not seem to have included one of their story’s major settings, SAC headquarters. At least SAC has no records of either author having been inside that closely guarded

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