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Back Channel: A Novel

Back Channel:  A Novel

by Stephen L. Carter,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 3, 2014

In a classroom discussion of civil-defense planning for a nuclear attack on the United States, Margo Jensen, the heroine of Stephen Carter's new novel, declares that because human beings are so complex, we can't predict how they will behave "until there's a nuclear warhead on the way. We have no data. We can't run a realistic test. So the only right answer is that there is no right answer."


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