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The doomsday machine : confessions of a nuclear war planner

Author: Daniel Ellsberg
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. ©2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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At the same time former presidential advisor and whistle-blower, 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, he reveals the contents of those now-classified documents and makes clear their shocking relevance for today. The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's insider's account of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Daniel Ellsberg; Daniel Ellsberg
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Ellsberg
ISBN: 9781608196739 1608196739 9781608196708 1608196704
OCLC Number: 1085560228
Notes: First published in 2017 in the United States.
Description: 420 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
Introduction --
Part I:The bomb and I / 1. How could I? The making of a nuclear war planner --
2. Command and control: managing catastrophe --
3. Delegation: How many fingers on the button? --
4. Iwakuni: Nuclear weapons off the books --
5. The Pacific command --
6. The war plan: reading the JSCP --
7. Briefing Bundy --
8. "My" war plan --
9. 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 II: The road to doomsday / 14. 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 --
Glossary --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Daniel Ellsberg.

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At the same time former presidential advisor and whistle-blower, 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, he reveals the contents of those now-classified documents and makes clear their shocking relevance for today. The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's insider's account of the dangerous arms buildup, whose legacy and proposed renewal under the Trump administration threatens humanity's survival.

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