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Book Title: Red Alert|
The author of the book: Peter George
ISBN 13: 9781434464606
Format files: PDF
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Edition: Wildside Press
Date of issue: March 30th 2008
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I began Red Alert knowing it would be a straightforward thriller about mutually assured destruction and that the satire present in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, which is based on the book, would not be present. Essentially, excluding the ending, both the movie and the book are similar in structure and events. The book was simply missing the satire. There was a great deal of military style technicalities and I remember beginning to feel invested when reading about what Quinten did, about the time Howard realized as well. These scenes began to push the book into thriller territory and I felt confident that it would continue to improve.
I became lost when the actions of the people no longer made sense. I have to keep in mind that the book was published in 1958 by someone who experienced the Cold War. I am unable to relate. I found the interactions between the President and the Marshall ridiculous, to the point that I was wondering if maybe the book was supposed to be satirical. I can easily see why Kubrick felt confident in the success of making his version solely a satire.
The President was portrayed as tough, stubborn, and unwilling to give further. My problem with this, and part of why Kubrick was able to create President Merkin Muffley so connvincingly, is that there was nothing further for the President to give after he (view spoiler)[offered up an American city (hide spoiler)]. I found it ridiculous that the Marshall would even consider such an offer. I guess the saying an eye for an eye was not overly popular at the time. Or it was simply ignored by world leaders. I know the book is possibly more realistic than I am willing to accept. Naive little me still finds it difficult to believe nuclear weapons exist, which is part of why I find the subject fascinating. Sadly, this book failed to fascinate me or connect with me on any level. I am very happy I read it, if only to have a further fleshed out basis for one of my favorite movies.
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Read information about the authorPeter Bryan George was a British author, most famous for the 1958 Cold War thriller novel Red Alert, first published under the title Two Hours to Doom and written under the pen name Peter Bryant. The book was the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick's classic film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
His best-known novel, Red Alert was written while serving as a RAF officer and published with the pseudonym Peter Bryant.
Due to interest in nuclear themes sparked by Stanley Kramer's film version of On the Beach in 1959, the film rights to Red Alert were sold that year, only to be handed around until Stanley Kubrick bought them in 1962, reportedly for as little as $3,500.
Peter George co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Kubrick and Terry Southern. After the film was released, he wrote a novelisation of Dr. Strangelove and dedicated it to Kubrick.
George later wrote another novel to denounce the use of nuclear weapons, entitled Commander-1.
George committed suicide in 1966.
As Peter George:
Come Blonde, Came Murder (T. V. Boardman, 1952)
Pattern of Death (T. V. Boardman, 1954)
Cool Murder (T. V. Boardman, 1958); reissued in paperback by Bryan Peters (Mayflower, 1965)
The Final Steal (T. V. Boardman, 1962)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Corgi/Transworld, 1963): novelisation of George's own screenplay/original story
Commander-1 (Heinemann, 1965)
As Peter Bryant:
Two Hours to Doom (T. V. Boardman, 1958); published as Red Alert in US (Ace, 1958), later retitled as such in UK
As Bryan Peters:
Hong Kong Kill (T. V. Boardman, 1958)
The Big H (T. V. Boardman, 1961)
Several of his novels were translated into French and published as by Bryan Peters.
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