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The Butter Battle Book

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The Butter Battle Book is a rhyming story written by Dr. Seuss. It was published by Random House on January 12, 1984. It is an anti-war story; specifically, a parable about arms races in general, mutually assured destruction and nuclear weapons in particular. The Butter Battle Book was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. This book was written during the Cold War era and reflects the concerns of the time, especially the perceived possibility that humanity could be destroyed in a nuclear war. It can also be seen as a satirical work, with its depiction of a deadly war based on a senseless conflict over something as trivial as a breakfast food. The concept of a war based on toast is similar to the war between Lilliput and Blefuscu in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, which was nominally based on an argument over the correct end to crack an egg once soft-boiled.
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original title: The Butter Battle Book
language: English
date of publication: 1984
genre: children's literature
main subject: arms race, mutual assured destruction
follows: Hunches in Bunches
followed by: You're Only Old Once!

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