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Fight against military red tape and microbes

Catch-22 shows the need to question the rationale for war; The Hot Zone is a true story of the battle against a virus outbreak

Few would argue that Catch-22, Joseph Heller's 1961 novel, is a powerful piece of satire.

But its power lies in a very specific critique of the circular and corrupting logic of war, so the question to ask of any modern retelling is: How is this relevant today?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2019, with the headline 'Fight against military red tape and microbes'. Print Edition | Subscribe