Ep-97 Red Alert (1958 novel)

Did you know that “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” was based on a novel by a former member of the British Royal Air Force? Before Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, Peter George (a. k. a. Peter Bryant) wrote a deadly serious thriller about escalating tensions brought to a boil when one man goes rogue in an attempt to start World War III. Originally published as Two Hours to Doom, the story of this novel and its relationship to Dr. Strangelove is worth a listen.

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Spoilers Begin: 22:38

Topics Include: the important historical context, why Peter George choose to write as Peter Bryant, the author’s tragic demise, the Fail-Safe lawsuit, the nature of the US war-machine, the absurdity of calmly discussing genocide in the pursuit of fairness, and a comparison to another title previously covered by Ink to Film.

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