Fables for the Nuclear Age
Neidle, Alan F
Excellent political satire. Neidle's work here is far better than that of most people attempting this genre. He is provocative and fresh. He was both observer of and participant in the State Department scene. Sometimes his anti-human fangs show, particularly in the whole section Learning and Mislearning, especially The Serpent Who Enticed The Homo Sapiens (78) and The Rattlesnake Who Explained His Behavior (86). Similar cases are The Parrot Who Knew All The Axioms Of Statesmanship (129) and The Gorilla Who Instructed The Scholar (146). Among the best: The Pikes Who Hated Each Other (3), The Sharks Who Engaged In Espionage (30 and this whole section Providing For The National Insecurity generally), The Woolly Rhinoceros Who Was Determined To Reverse His Fortunes (106), The Howler Monkey Who Practiced Public Diplomacy (118), The Sloth Who Was A Master Diplomat (123), The Wild Asses Who Believed In Their Own Virtue (142), The Animals Of The Farm Who Were Attacked By The Bees (174), and The Lizard Who Played Fast And Loose With His Tail (181).