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The doomsday machine : confessions of a nuclear war planner

Author: Daniel Ellsberg
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2018.
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From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness expose of the awful dangers of America's hidden, fifty-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day. At the same time former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America's nuclear program in the 1960s. Here for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Ellsberg
ISBN: 9781408889299 1408889293
OCLC Number: 1016912731
Description: 420 pages ; 25 cm
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From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness expose of the awful dangers of America's hidden, fifty-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day. At the same time former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America's nuclear program in the 1960s. Here for the first time he reveals the contents of those documents, and makes clear their shocking relevance for today. The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, 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 analysis of recent research on nuclear winter shows that even a "small" nuclear exchange would cause billions of deaths by global nuclear famine. Ellsberg, in the end, offers steps we can take under the current administration to avoid nuclear catastrophe. It is a real-life Dr. Strangelove story, but an ultimately hopeful, and powerfully important, book.

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