The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the awful dangers of America?s hidden, fifty-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day. When 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 From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the awful dangers o...

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Title:The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
Author:Daniel Ellsberg
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Genres:History
ISBN:1608196704
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Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner Reviews

  • Katie Brennan
    Feb 07, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

  • AC
    Dec 22, 2017

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

  • Neil
    Oct 09, 2017

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

  • B. Factor
    Jan 10, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

    Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The...

    This is a genuinely terrifying read, and would be even if we didn't have a textbook example of Dunning-Kruger currently in the Oval Office. We have come far closer to nuclear war than we (the public) knew since the end of WWII. The movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bo...

    Just possible one of the most important books of the past 50 years, if it is able to achieve anything like the author's hoped-for aim of dismantling the Doomsday machines that both the USA and the Russians have. Ellsberg is a compelling writer. I'm a slow reader, but read this book in ...

    Terrifying is the only word for this. Ellsberg released the pentagon papers and got in a lot of hot water for it. This book walks us through the impact of them and beyond, from his time in the government and at Rand. While a little dry at times, mostly it is just an amazing explanation...

    A first-hand story of the USA's nuclear war strategy, including how and why it was developed, by one of the key players. Thrilling. It makes Dr. Strangeglove seem like a children's story. Reading this book makes my pulse beat faster. I can't remember the last time that a non-fiction bo...

  • Jake
    Jan 13, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

  • Vasil Kolev
    Jan 21, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

  • Vheissu
    Jan 17, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

  • Adrienne
    Feb 05, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

  • Mal Warwick
    Dec 27, 2017

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

  • Tom Schulte
    Jan 19, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

  • Sheri
    Feb 09, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

  • Nathan Gilliatt
    Jan 18, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

    Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The...

    This is a genuinely terrifying read, and would be even if we didn't have a textbook example of Dunning-Kruger currently in the Oval Office. We have come far closer to nuclear war than we (the public) knew since the end of WWII. The movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bo...

    Just possible one of the most important books of the past 50 years, if it is able to achieve anything like the author's hoped-for aim of dismantling the Doomsday machines that both the USA and the Russians have. Ellsberg is a compelling writer. I'm a slow reader, but read this book in ...

    Terrifying is the only word for this. Ellsberg released the pentagon papers and got in a lot of hot water for it. This book walks us through the impact of them and beyond, from his time in the government and at Rand. While a little dry at times, mostly it is just an amazing explanation...

    A first-hand story of the USA's nuclear war strategy, including how and why it was developed, by one of the key players. Thrilling. It makes Dr. Strangeglove seem like a children's story. Reading this book makes my pulse beat faster. I can't remember the last time that a non-fiction bo...

    a great from a great character, timely for the upcoming movie http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/... a good story of how a bunch of super-smart and apparently good men could end up working diligently on creating an omnicide device ...

    Very technical book, lots to take in. Need to keep the accronyms in mind. Sounds like the world I worked in for a couple of decades but from a different perspective. This is written from the "how do we do this?" perspective, while I was working in the "how do we make this?" perspective...

    It's hard to have a rational policy when even top-level decision makers sometimes aren't allowed to know the truth. One truth is that the purpose of the US nuclear arsenal isn't what we were told. Another is that nuclear war plans haven't always (ever?) been what presidents said they w...

  • Mike Steinharter
    Jan 24, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

    Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The...

    This is a genuinely terrifying read, and would be even if we didn't have a textbook example of Dunning-Kruger currently in the Oval Office. We have come far closer to nuclear war than we (the public) knew since the end of WWII. The movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bo...

    Just possible one of the most important books of the past 50 years, if it is able to achieve anything like the author's hoped-for aim of dismantling the Doomsday machines that both the USA and the Russians have. Ellsberg is a compelling writer. I'm a slow reader, but read this book in ...

    Terrifying is the only word for this. Ellsberg released the pentagon papers and got in a lot of hot water for it. This book walks us through the impact of them and beyond, from his time in the government and at Rand. While a little dry at times, mostly it is just an amazing explanation...

  • Paul
    Jan 15, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

    Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The...

  • Just A. Bean
    Jan 25, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

  • Anthony Frausto
    Feb 06, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

  • Phil
    Jan 22, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

  • Don Dennis
    Feb 03, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

    Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The...

    This is a genuinely terrifying read, and would be even if we didn't have a textbook example of Dunning-Kruger currently in the Oval Office. We have come far closer to nuclear war than we (the public) knew since the end of WWII. The movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bo...

    Just possible one of the most important books of the past 50 years, if it is able to achieve anything like the author's hoped-for aim of dismantling the Doomsday machines that both the USA and the Russians have. Ellsberg is a compelling writer. I'm a slow reader, but read this book in ...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Dec 25, 2017

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

  • Peter O'Kelly
    Jan 20, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

    Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The...

    This is a genuinely terrifying read, and would be even if we didn't have a textbook example of Dunning-Kruger currently in the Oval Office. We have come far closer to nuclear war than we (the public) knew since the end of WWII. The movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bo...

    Just possible one of the most important books of the past 50 years, if it is able to achieve anything like the author's hoped-for aim of dismantling the Doomsday machines that both the USA and the Russians have. Ellsberg is a compelling writer. I'm a slow reader, but read this book in ...

    Terrifying is the only word for this. Ellsberg released the pentagon papers and got in a lot of hot water for it. This book walks us through the impact of them and beyond, from his time in the government and at Rand. While a little dry at times, mostly it is just an amazing explanation...

    A first-hand story of the USA's nuclear war strategy, including how and why it was developed, by one of the key players. Thrilling. It makes Dr. Strangeglove seem like a children's story. Reading this book makes my pulse beat faster. I can't remember the last time that a non-fiction bo...

    a great from a great character, timely for the upcoming movie http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/... a good story of how a bunch of super-smart and apparently good men could end up working diligently on creating an omnicide device ...

    Very technical book, lots to take in. Need to keep the accronyms in mind. Sounds like the world I worked in for a couple of decades but from a different perspective. This is written from the "how do we do this?" perspective, while I was working in the "how do we make this?" perspective...

    It's hard to have a rational policy when even top-level decision makers sometimes aren't allowed to know the truth. One truth is that the purpose of the US nuclear arsenal isn't what we were told. Another is that nuclear war plans haven't always (ever?) been what presidents said they w...

    Some reviews to explore: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/28/bo... http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/... https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/o...#! ...

  • Peter Fedichev
    Dec 06, 2017

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

    Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The...

    This is a genuinely terrifying read, and would be even if we didn't have a textbook example of Dunning-Kruger currently in the Oval Office. We have come far closer to nuclear war than we (the public) knew since the end of WWII. The movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bo...

    Just possible one of the most important books of the past 50 years, if it is able to achieve anything like the author's hoped-for aim of dismantling the Doomsday machines that both the USA and the Russians have. Ellsberg is a compelling writer. I'm a slow reader, but read this book in ...

    Terrifying is the only word for this. Ellsberg released the pentagon papers and got in a lot of hot water for it. This book walks us through the impact of them and beyond, from his time in the government and at Rand. While a little dry at times, mostly it is just an amazing explanation...

    A first-hand story of the USA's nuclear war strategy, including how and why it was developed, by one of the key players. Thrilling. It makes Dr. Strangeglove seem like a children's story. Reading this book makes my pulse beat faster. I can't remember the last time that a non-fiction bo...

    a great from a great character, timely for the upcoming movie http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/... a good story of how a bunch of super-smart and apparently good men could end up working diligently on creating an omnicide device ...

  • Pat Rolston
    Feb 14, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

  • Mike Maurer
    Dec 23, 2017

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

  • Letya
    Jan 29, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

  • Michael Frank
    Jan 13, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

  • Bill Rasche
    Dec 10, 2017

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

  • Terry Holsinger
    Jan 29, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

    Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The...

    This is a genuinely terrifying read, and would be even if we didn't have a textbook example of Dunning-Kruger currently in the Oval Office. We have come far closer to nuclear war than we (the public) knew since the end of WWII. The movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bo...

    Just possible one of the most important books of the past 50 years, if it is able to achieve anything like the author's hoped-for aim of dismantling the Doomsday machines that both the USA and the Russians have. Ellsberg is a compelling writer. I'm a slow reader, but read this book in ...

    Terrifying is the only word for this. Ellsberg released the pentagon papers and got in a lot of hot water for it. This book walks us through the impact of them and beyond, from his time in the government and at Rand. While a little dry at times, mostly it is just an amazing explanation...

    A first-hand story of the USA's nuclear war strategy, including how and why it was developed, by one of the key players. Thrilling. It makes Dr. Strangeglove seem like a children's story. Reading this book makes my pulse beat faster. I can't remember the last time that a non-fiction bo...

    a great from a great character, timely for the upcoming movie http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/... a good story of how a bunch of super-smart and apparently good men could end up working diligently on creating an omnicide device ...

    Very technical book, lots to take in. Need to keep the accronyms in mind. Sounds like the world I worked in for a couple of decades but from a different perspective. This is written from the "how do we do this?" perspective, while I was working in the "how do we make this?" perspective...

  • Jennifer Jank
    Dec 13, 2017

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...

    Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nucle...

    Having read Ellsberg?s book, ?Secrets? I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. Hi...

    This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmer... But it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with ...

    This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and unce...

    Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The...

    This is a genuinely terrifying read, and would be even if we didn't have a textbook example of Dunning-Kruger currently in the Oval Office. We have come far closer to nuclear war than we (the public) knew since the end of WWII. The movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bo...

  • Matthew Fenlon
    Jan 22, 2018

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

  • Nicholas
    Dec 30, 2017

    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding! ...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naďveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major ...

    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics. The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, alth...

    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work...

    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. ?When I asked the military advisors if the...

    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little s...

    Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was ...

    Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come t...

    Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on...

    "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the p...

    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonst...

    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging ov...

    The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world." Which seems to have been the...

    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then...

    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...

    This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative. There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity t...