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The doomsday machine : confessions of a nuclear war planner
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Éditeur Bloomsbury
Année copyright 2017
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The doomsday machine : confessions of a nuclear war planner
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1 vol. (420 pages.) ; 24 cm
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The doomsday machine
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Notes bibliogr. Index. Glossaire
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Autre tirage : 2018
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Part 1: The bomb and I ; How could I? The making of a nuclear war planner ; Command and control : managing catastrophe ; Delegation : how many fingers on the button? ; Iwakuni : nuclear weapons off the books ; The Pacific Command ; The war plan : reading the JSCP ; Briefing Bundy ; "My" war plan ; Questions for the Joint Chiefs: how many will die? ; Berlin and the missile gap ; A tale of two speeches ; My Cuban missile crisis ; Cuba: the real story ; Part 2: The road to doomsday ; Bombing cities ; Burning cities ; Killing a nation ; Risking doomsday I : Atmospheric ignition ; Risking doomsday II : The hell bomb ; The Strangelove paradox ; First-use threats : using our nuclear weapons ; Dismantling the doomsday machine
Résumé
"Here, for the first time, former high level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking first-hand account of America's nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization--and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration--threatens our very survival. No other insider with high level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. Framed as a memoir--a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating--this gripping expose reads like a thriller and offers feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing "doomsday machine" and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistleblower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real-life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful--and powerfully important--book about not just our country, but the future of the world."--Provided by publisher
"The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising account of the most dangerous arms build-up in the history of civilisation, whose legacy - and proposed renewal under the Trump administration - threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high level access to them. No other insider has written so candidly of that long-classified history, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. Ellsberg's discussion of recent research on nuclear winter shows that even a 'small' nuclear exchange would cause billions of deaths by global nuclear famine." [résumé éditeur]
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978-1-4088-8929-9
1-4088-8929-3
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