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The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by [Ellsberg, Daniel]
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This long-awaited chronicle from the father of American whistle-blowing is both an urgent warning and a call to arms to a public that has grown dangerously habituated to the idea that the means of our extinction will forever be on hair-trigger alert (Edward Snowden)

Nobody could have told this horrifying story better than Daniel Ellsberg. He introduces us to the men who have coldly and with a God-like sense of righteous entitlement, put in place a plan that can, on a whim - not virtually, but literally - annihilate life on Earth. What a book (Arundhati Roy, anti-nuclear activist and author of THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS and the Pulitzer Prize-winner THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS)

The Doomsday Machine is not simply a work of history. It was not written to remind us of catastrophes narrowly averted. It is partly a memoir of Ellsberg's years at Rand when he was working on nuclear strategy, but more a warning, delivered by an 86-year-old man who understands the urgency of the present. His memories provide a timely lesson precisely because the crisis he witnessed more than 50 years ago remains painfully relevant (Gerard DeGroot The Times)

Ellsberg's effort to make vivid the genuine madness of the "doomsday machine", and the foolishness of betting our survival on mutually assured destruction, is both commendable and important . Especially for young readers, by making earlier generations' failures clear, The Doomsday Machine challenges them to rise to a grand and urgent opportunity (Graham Allison International New York Times)

Daniel Ellsberg is an exceptionally informed doomster . The Doomsday Machine describes how nuclear-war planning, some of it unknown to presidents, brought the world closer to incineration than most people understand (Max Hastings Sunday Times)

Gripping and unnerving ... A must-read of the highest order, Ellsberg's profoundly awakening chronicle is essential to our future (Donna Seaman Booklist (starred review))

Ellsberg's brilliant and unnerving account makes a convincing case for disarmament and shows that the mere existence of nuclear weapons is a serious threat to humanity (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Noted gadfly Ellsberg returns with a sobering look at our nuclear capabilities . . . When the author hurriedly copied the contents of his RAND Corporation safe to reveal, in time, what would become known as the Pentagon Papers, that was just the start of it. He had other documents, even more jarring . . . Especially timely given the recent saber-rattling not from Russia but North Korea and given the apparent proliferation of nuclear abilities among other small powers. (Kirkus Reviews)

An absolutely imperative read in this day and age of Trump, Putin, Kim Jong Un, and global instability. (Helen Caldicott, Founding President, Physicians for Social Responsibility)

A fascinating and terrifying account of nuclear war planning by a consultant from the RAND Corporation at the highest levels of government in the Kennedy administration. Ellsberg tells us of the close calls with nuclear war and of the policies developed then that still threaten the planet with annihilation. I couldn't put the book down. (Frances FitzGerald, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of FIRE IN THE LAKE)

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From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, the first insider exposé of the awful dangers of America's hidden, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that is chillingly still extant

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1678 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (7 December 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B077BLHQZY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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