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The Bomb

Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War

Fred Kaplan



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01 February 2020
History; History of the Americas; Military history; Central government policies; Warfare & defence; Nuclear weapons
From the author the classic The Wizards of Armageddon and Pulitzer Prize finalist comes the definitive history of American policy on nuclear war-and Presidents' actions in nuclear crises-from Truman to Trump.

Fred Kaplan, hailed by The New York Times as a rare combination of defense intellectual and pugnacious reporter, 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 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 just barely avoided nuclear war from the dawn of the atomic age until today.

Kaplan's historical research and deep reporting will stand as the permanent record of politics. Discussing theories that have dominated nightmare scenarios from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Kaplan presents the unthinkable in terms of mass destruction and demonstrates how the nuclear war reality will not go away, regardless of the dire consequences.
By:   Fred Kaplan
Imprint:   SIMON451
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   565g
ISBN:   9781982107291
ISBN 10:   1982107294
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Fred Kaplan writes the War Stories column in Slate and has also written many articles on politics and culture in The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and many other publications. A former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Boston Globe, he is also the author of 1959: The Year Everything Changed, Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power.

Reviews for The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War

Fred Kaplan is the world's preeminent Dr. Strangelove-whisperer, and The Bomb is the smartest, most riveting, and up-to-date history of how US leaders, military and civilian, have thought the unthinkable. The chapter on Trump and nuclear weapons is nothing less than alarming. --Timothy Naftali, author of George H.W. Bush and co-author of Khrushchev's Cold War With its stunning, new, in-the-room revelations, and with Fred Kaplan's deep knowledge of nuclear strategy, The Bomb is the best overview yet of the world's continuing struggle to come to terms with the threat of nuclear war. --Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb and Arsenals of Folly The Bomb is like the Pentagon Papers for U.S. nuclear strategy. Kaplan has the insider stories of an investigative journalist, the analytic rigor of a political scientist, and the longer-term perspective of a historian. Insightful and important. --SCOTT Sagan, professor of political science at Stanford University and chairman of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences' Committee on International Security Studies With powerful anecdotes and a wealth of historical detail, Fred Kaplan tells the story of the men and women who found themselves both appalled and entranced by the fearful, mad logic of nuclear war from the aftermath of Hiroshima to the present day. The Bomb is a frightening but necessary read. --Rosa Brooks, author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon In The Bomb, Fred Kaplan has delivered a timely, lively, highly readable account of how Presidents from Truman to Trump have prepared for nuclear war--a history that is as deeply informed as it is utterly alarming. --Steve Coll, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars and Directorate S

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