Prisoner's Dilemma (novel)
|Cover artist||Cheryl Asherman|
|Publisher||Beech Tree Books|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & paperback)|
|Pages||248 pp. (First edition hardcover)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-688-07350-6 (First edition hardcover)|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.54 19|
|LC Classification||PS3566.O92 P75 1988|
Prisoner's Dilemma is a 1988 novel by American author Richard Powers. It is the story of a dysfunctional family living in DeKalb County, Illinois. The novel explores the impact of history on contemporary life.
The novel centres around the father of the family, Eddie Hobson, who is trying to find a solution to the "prisoner's dilemma" posed by mathematicians at the RAND Corporation. He wishes to solve the dilemma through writing an alternate reality, explaining how human beings could live together peacefully. To do this, he uses many elements from real life twisted slightly.
Non-fiction portrayed in the novel
Many of these events are portrayed differently. For example, Disney is portrayed as having Japanese ancestry, when he did not.
- Americans of Japanese Ancestry and their internment during World War II.
- Century of Progress, the 1933 World Fair held in Chicago.
- Der Fuehrer's Face, animated cartoon made by Disney in 1942.
- Disney's Nine Old Men, chief animators at Disney.
- Walt Disney, American animator.
- Trinity test, the first testing of a nuclear weapon in 1945.
- Victory Through Air Power, part-animated propaganda movie made by Disney in 1943.
- Bibliography of editions of Prisoner's Dilemma.
- Listing of reviews and writings about Prisoner's Dilemma.
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