Five years after a "limited" nuclear war, two survivors journey across America. They — and you — will discover what is left of our way of life: the depth of the devastation — and the hopes of a new society desperately struggling to be born.
From Edward Kennedy to Playboy magazine, readers have praised Warday as an absorbing, suspenseful novel — and an important book for every American to read.
"A first-rate novel, as real as snapshots of tomorrow. And as scary." — New York Daily News
"Haunting … horrifying … engrossing … an all too believable look at what could be the future." — United Press International
"Disturbingly plausible … its vision of postnuclear chaos exceeds 'The Day After'." — Newsweek
"Imaginative … entertaining reading." — Boston Herald
"Frightening … controversial … a futuristic thriller." — Chicago Tribune
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Still Relevant After Almost 35 Years
I remember the summer of 1984 for many reasons. First love, Van Halen, the LA Olympics. But I also remember it for reading this peculiar reportage from the aftermath of a “limited” nuclear war.
I had recently seen “Threads” and “The Day After”. I thought I knew how the world ended. But Warday gave me pause. What if the world survived a spasm of nuclear fire, and limped on, coughing and sputtering? That’s the premise behind this book. In 1993, two old friends and reporters, post-atomic versions of the authors, set out on a voyage across a post-war America.
In October, 1988, a series of miscalculations lead to a brief nuclear exchnage between the USA and the USSR. Both nations are devastated, but most of the cities are untouched. Seven million die on Warday, but the real damage comes later.
Fallout, famine, and mutant plagues ravage a prostrate America, whose former allies, having wisely sat this one out, scavenge her carcass. Sterieber and Kunetka cross a post-war America in which pre-war concepts like plenty, liberty, and national security seem like quaint notions.
In my mind, an all-out nuclear exchange like that in Threads or The Day After remains as remote a possibility as it ever has been. But a limited war, like that in Warday, is a real possibility again. This book is more necessary and relevant than ever.