Fail Safe Setting & Symbolism

Eugene Burdick
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White House Bomb Shelter

The White House bomb shelter, deep underground, is where the President, Peter Buck and other White House staff are sequestered during almost the entire novel.

Omaha War Room

The Omaha War Room is an underground room in a Strategic Air Command facility where orders from the President concerning the fail-safe crisis are carried out.

Big Board Room

The Big Board Room is the war strategy area of the Pentagon. Like the White House bomb shelter and the Omaha War Room, it is dominated by a large screen on which military movements around the world are shown.

Alaskan Airspace

Alaskan airspace is where an intercontinental passenger airplane veers off course at the start of the crisis. Initially, it is tracked as an unidentified flying object, and the bombers and fighter planes are sent to investigate.

Barksdale Air Force Base

Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana...

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