- Hardcover: 277 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday & Co; First Edition edition (1963)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000AVCY7Q
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Triumph Hardcover – 1963
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Top Customer Reviews
super powers. There is a very good fictional story, but the real reason this book has always stayed in my mind is the true depiction of what just
one 9 megaton bomb exploding at 18,000 ft above Washington DC would do. Reading this in1963 made me understand how ridiculous "Duck and Cover" and the back yard bomb shelters really were. Everything the US government fed to the public about how to survive a nuclear attack was total rubbish.
If there had been just 10 percent of all the nuckes used in a world war 111 that we and the USSR had in our arsenals in '63 the northern hemisphere would have become TOAST. It would have been the END of both nations from either direct total destruction or the deadly radiation the bombs would release to the atmosphere.
Today there are still 15,000 nukes still functional in both countries, not to mention the nukes in Britain, France, India, Pakistan and the hidden nukes in the middle east. More than enough!
With this new insane, reckless and incredibly stupid President Trump in office I feel we should all be afraid, VERY AFRAID!!!
Read this book and organize to protest keeping the world from ending from the death in these bombs!!
The most gripping part of the book was a side story covering a few remaining U.S. naval forces and their Soviet counterparts who had prepared their own incredible shelters to survive. The "last ditch" strategy had me thinking about other books on nuclear war from that period that I believe more accurately portrayed military members reluctance to do any more damage after first strike. Here U.S. forces are portrayed as mindless order takers bent on revenge.
The anti-Soviet rhetoric speaks to the times though the enemy seems less menacing, all knowing, and relentlessly diabolical now that time has passed. Character development was so-so, most interesting is the mogul who anticipated so much in the building of his shelter. Inter-relationships were hard to get in to but the claustrophobic atmosphere was well communicated.
Triumph has introduced me to Wylie who is credited with inspiring Doc Savage with his book The Savage Gentleman, also Flash Gordon with When Worlds Collide, and incredibly, Superman with his work Gladiator. The latter I intend to pick up as the story behind the story is as intriguing.
The parts of the book I like is the ingenuity in finding solutions to hard problems. In a sense a super shelter works against that because you can do just about anything. But with a ridiculous level of nuclear war even the super shelter proves inadequate so they start having to think and that is when it gets better. I could have done without all the phony romance though.
Triumph is right up there with them. I can't say that I liked the characters, but the description of the destruction wrought by nuclear war is incredibly detailed, descriptions that are generally glossed over in most post-apoc books. I appreciate that the "process" is included along with the interactions of the people left in the shelter after the end of civilization as we know it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is into EOTWAWKI themes. It's going to take a pretty damn good writer to surpass this one.