"The Ninth Wave", 1956
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[about his book "Fail-Safe", regarding a breakdown in military communications that results in an American nuclear attack on the Soviet Union] I believe it to be inevitable under the circumstances. That is why we [co-author Harvey Wheeler
] wrote this book. I don't know of a scientist who has a direct knowledge of "fail-safe" who isn't worried. This is something people ought to know.
"Sarkhan", the sequel to his successful novel "The Ugly American", was suppressed by the CIA because its plot described an ongoing CIA operation in Southeast Asia. The CIA thought Burdick and his co-author, William J. Lederer
, had gained access to top-secret documents. In actuality, the authors had made it all up.