The novel that spawned both Dr. Strangelove and Fail-Safe. This book was an intriguing product of its times: a book from the time before mutually assured destruction was a reality and when a "winnable" nuclear war was a theoretical possibility. As you'd expect, this made the world a much tenser place; an enemy who thinks he can survive attacking you is more likely to attack than one who knows it would be his death sentence. The level of the writing and characterization isn't really up to the level of the fantastic premise, though. The idea of a general launching a fleet of the highest-technology bombers to decapitate the enemy and prevent the enemy from doing so first is a fascinating one, and the sense of dread is palpable. Still, I think this material was far better covered in the two films based on this novel than it was by Mr. George himself.