The Doomsday Machine

Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Auteur: Daniel Ellsberg
Uitgever: Bloomsbury
  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9781408889299
  • december 2017
  • Hardcover
  • 432 pagina's
Alle productspecificaties

Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg, a Harvard graduate, ex-Marine, and Rand Corporation analyst, was one of the "whiz kids" recruited to serve in the Pentagon during the Johnson administration. In 1971, Ellsberg made headlines around the world when he released the Pentagon Papers. He is now a prominent speaker, writer, and activist.

Samenvatting

From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness expose of the dangers of America's Top Secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that--chillingly--continues to this day. 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.

Recensie(s)

This long-awaited chronicle from the father of American whistle-blowing is both an urgent warning and a call to arms to a public that has grown dangerously habituated to the idea that the means of our extinction will forever be on hair-trigger alert -- Edward Snowden Nobody could have told this horrifying story better than Daniel Ellsberg. He introduces us to the men who have coldly and with a God-like sense of righteous entitlement, put in place a plan that can, on a whim - not virtually, but literally - annihilate life on Earth. What a book -- Arundhati Roy, anti-nuclear activist and author of THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS and the Pulitzer Prize-winner THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS The Doomsday Machine is not simply a work of history. It was not written to remind us of catastrophes narrowly averted. It is partly a memoir of Ellsberg's years at Rand when he was working on nuclear strategy, but more a warning, delivered by an 86-year-old man who understands the urgency of the present. His memories provide a timely lesson precisely because the crisis he witnessed more than 50 years ago remains painfully relevant -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times * Ellsberg's effort to make vivid the genuine madness of the doomsday machine , and the foolishness of betting our survival on mutually assured destruction, is both commendable and important ... Especially for young readers, by making earlier generations' failures clear, The Doomsday Machine challenges them to rise to a grand and urgent opportunity -- Graham Allison * International New York Times * Daniel Ellsberg is an exceptionally informed doomster ... The Doomsday Machine describes how nuclear-war planning, some of it unknown to presidents, brought the world closer to incineration than most people understand -- Max Hastings * Sunday Times * Gripping and unnerving ... A must-read of the highest order, Ellsberg's profoundly awakening chronicle is essential to our future -- Donna Seaman * Booklist (starred review) * Ellsberg's brilliant and unnerving account makes a convincing case for disarmament and shows that the mere existence of nuclear weapons is a serious threat to humanity * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * Noted gadfly Ellsberg returns with a sobering look at our nuclear capabilities . . . When the author hurriedly copied the contents of his RAND Corporation safe to reveal, in time, what would become known as the Pentagon Papers, that was just the start of it. He had other documents, even more jarring . . . Especially timely given the recent saber-rattling not from Russia but North Korea and given the apparent proliferation of nuclear abilities among other small powers. * Kirkus Reviews * An absolutely imperative read in this day and age of Trump, Putin, Kim Jong Un, and global instability. -- Helen Caldicott, Founding President, Physicians for Social Responsibility A fascinating and terrifying account of nuclear war planning by a consultant from the RAND Corporation at the highest levels of government in the Kennedy administration. Ellsberg tells us of the close calls with nuclear war and of the policies developed then that still threaten the planet with annihilation. I couldn't put the book down. -- Frances FitzGerald, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of FIRE IN THE LAKE A powerful testament for future students of a war that the United States should never have fought. * The Washington Post on SECRETS * An invaluable contribution to understanding one of our nation's darkest hours. * San Francisco Chronicle on SECRETS * Daniel Ellsberg risked everything to help end the Vietnam War . . . A real-life political thriller. * USA Today on SECRETS *

5.0
van de 5
1 review
0
0
0
0
1
3
  • Toegankelijk
    1
  • Mooi vormgegeven
    1
  • Compleet
    1
0
  • Aanrader ! heel goed geschreven
    • Toegankelijk
    • Mooi vormgegeven
    • Compleet

    heel goed geschreven

    Vond je dit een nuttige review?
    0 0 Ongepaste review?

Productspecificaties

Inhoud

Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Verschijningsdatum
december 2017
Druk
1e druk
Aantal pagina's
432 pagina's
Illustraties
Met illustraties

Betrokkenen

Auteur
Daniel Ellsberg
Uitgever
Bloomsbury

EAN

EAN
9781408889299

Overige kenmerken

Extra groot lettertype
Nee
Subtitel
Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Je vindt dit artikel in

Categorieën
Nieuw of tweedehands
Tweedehands
Uitvoering
Boek
Verschijningsvorm
Hardcover
Studieboek of algemeen
Algemene boeken
18, 99
Op voorraad

Voor 23:59 besteld, morgen in huis Tooltip

+ bezorgopties

Verkoop door bol.com
Ontdek het nu voor 9,99 p.j.
Altijd gratis verzending

Bezorgopties

  • Doordeweeks ook ’s avonds in huis
  • Ook zondag in huis (bestel voor za 23:59)
  • Vandaag nog in huis (bestel voor 14:00, bezorging tussen 18:00 en 22:00)
Bekijk alle bezorgopties

* Indien beschikbaar op bezorgadres. Log in voor de mogelijkheden

  • Gratis verzending vanaf 20 euro
  • 30 dagen bedenktijd en gratis retourneren
  • Ophalen bij een bol.com afhaalpunt mogelijk
  • Dag en nacht klantenservice
  • Cadeautje? Laat het voor je inpakken en bezorgen
Andere verkopers (2)

Vaak samen gekocht

Alle bindwijzen en edities (3)

  • 13,42
    Direct beschikbaar
  • 18,99
    Op voorraad. Voor 23:59 besteld, morgen in huis Tooltip
  • 26,99
    9 - 10 dagen Tooltip

Vragen en antwoorden (0)