- Series: Library of American Fiction
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0299200647
- ISBN-13: 978-0299200640
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Level 7 (Library of American Fiction) Paperback – June 24, 2004
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Although it is science fiction, there is nothing fictional about the repercussions of nuclear weapons. The ramifications that followed the launching of the weapons are exactly what would happen in terms of health for civilians affected by the radiation. This book perfectly portrays the dangers of a nuclear war. Despite being written in 1959, the gist of this book is still applicable to what is happening in our world today. That is why Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald has stood up against the test of time and still holds the interest of many.
I can't imagine living in the late 50's and early 60's, in fear of possible nuclear annihilation, and reading this book. No wonder people built bomb shelters. I'm sure this novel contributed in its way to the collective education of the general population, and had an effect on the outcome of the Cold War. After reading this, no one could believe that nuclear war was a plausible solution to the problems between the world's superpowers.
Different and depressing, but Level 7 is a very good book and it left an impression on me. If you're a fan of classic nuclear/apocalyptic fiction, you should give it a read. This book would still be a great conversation starter.
On a side note, I'd be interested to hear from other fans of this genre to see how Level 7 worked for them.
Both sides in this conflict use the most out of control, frightening versions of nuclear weapons to make sure they do a thorough job of destroying the earth. Even so they think themselves safe, but of course noone is safe in THIS kind of war.
I thought the ending was a little hard to believe, but it was still quite interesting to read. I just wished some of the book would have been in the preview instead of a long description of what a great book it was.
Both books are more relevant now than back in the '50's.
Well worth the read