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The bomb : presidents, generals, and the secret history of nuclear war / Fred Kaplan.

Kaplan, Fred M., (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Barnesville Public Library 355.8251 KAP (Text) 33500013200845 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982107291
  • ISBN: 1982107294
  • Physical Description: 372 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2020]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan takes us into the White House Situation Room, the Joint Chiefs of Staff's "Tank" in the Pentagon, and the vast chambers of Strategic Command in Omaha to bring us the untold stories--based on exclusive interviews and previously classified documents--of how America's presidents and generals have thought about, threatened, broached, and, in some cases, just barely avoided nuclear war from the dawn of the atomic age until now." -- Front flap

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #2
    This balanced recounting of American nuclear strategizing, by the knowledgeable author of The Wizards of Armageddon (1983), is chillingly matter-of-fact in its recounting of political leaders discussing millions of deaths, destruction of cities, and, frankly, the unthinkable. Starting with Hiroshima and John Foster Dulles' doctrine of "massive retaliation" dictated by the U.S. government's Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP), the text covers all the presidents in the history of the nuclear era, as well as cabinet secretaries, advisors (like Henry Kissinger), and military men, and spans the often-macabre trade-offs under analysis, from deterrence to some form of limited response ("trading New York for Paris") to annihilation. Its scope covers thinking spurred by the so-called "missile gap," the Berlin and Cuban missile crises, and other international factors. In later years, Kaplan points out, much of the emphasis has shifted from the Cold War rhetoric of the U.S. vs. Russia to other threats, including North Korea, and he brings the discussion up to date by addressing President Trump, who has made the issue of presidential stability, or the lack thereof, a new element in the ongoing dialogue. A frightening but necessary treatment of nuclear policy. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Nuclear weapons > Government policy > United States > History.
Nuclear arms control > Government policy > United States > History.
Nuclear disarmament > United States.
National security > United States.
National security.
Nuclear arms control > Government policy.
Nuclear disarmament.
Nuclear weapons > Government policy.
United States.
Genre: History.

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