John wants to write a book about what key people involved in the development of the atomic bomb were doing the day the first atomic bomb was dropped. Through the plot's many twists and turns, John finds himself appointed to the presidency of a small island republic. Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of the twentieth century's most important works, and Vonnegut at his very best.