The Wizards of Armageddon

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Stanford University Press, Aug 1, 1991 - History - 452 pages
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This is the untold story of the small group of men who have devised the plans and shaped the policies on how to use the Bomb. The book (first published in 1983) explores the secret world of these strategists of the nuclear age and brings to light a chapter in American political and military history never before revealed.

 

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Contents

Foreword
4
2 Living with the Bomb
24
3 Planning for War
33
4 On the Beach at RAND
51
5 The Superbomb
74
6 The Vulnerability Study
85
7 The HydraHeaded Monster
111
8 The Gaither Committee
125
17 Two Briefings
258
18 The SIOP and the Road to Ann Arbor
263
19 The Gap that Never Was
286
20 The Crises
291
21 Shelter Mania
307
22 Damage Unlimited
315
Stalemate
328
24 The ABM Debate
343

9 The Report of Maximum Danger
144
10 The Missile Gap
155
11 The MassiveRetaliation Sppech
174
12 The LimitedWar Critique
185
13 Counterforce
201
14 Dr Strangelove
220
15 The Real Rivalry
232
16 The Whiz Kids
248
25 The New Generation
356
26 Dancing in the Dark
385
Notes
392
Interviews
431
Acknowledgments
435
Index
438
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Fred Kaplan teaches at Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. He is the editor of The Essential Gore Vidal and the author of the biographies Henry James, Dickens, and Thomas Carlyle, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Kaplan lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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