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Free read Ë The Bomb 102 µ From the author the classic The Wizards of Armageddon and Pulitzer Prize finalist comes the definitive history of American policy on nuclear war—and Presidents’ actions in nuclear crises—from Truman to TrumpFred Kaplan hailed by The New York Times as “a rare combination of defense intellectual and pugnacious reporter” tItuation Room the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s “Tank” in the Pentagon and the vast chambers of Strategic Command to bring us the untold stories based on exclusive interviews and previously classified documents of how America’s presidents and generals have thought about threatened broached and just barely avoided nuclear war from the dawn of the atomic. An important book on the history of US nuclear strategy Due to the COVID 19 outbreak it took a lot longer to read this Kaplan the defense writer for Slate does a really good job of recounting the history of nuclear strategy but dives into the details of how it was formulated and implemented not always the same While reading the accounts of how Presidents like Truman Eisenhower Kennedy Nixon Reagan both Bush's and Obama dealt with their responsibility of being able to single handedly initiate world war III it's a terrifying contrast to the current occupant of the White House Mr Trump As Kaplan writes The presidents who fell deep into this hole who faced the abyss where the logic led avoided its end point avoided war by scrambling out of the hole snapping out of the logic like snapping out of a bad dream Trump a man who believed he knew a lot but in fact knew very little and who lacked the impulse or curiosity to learn was susceptible to the wiles of a clever briefer than any of his predecessors

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Age until today Kaplan’s historical research and deep reporting will stand as the permanent record of politics Discussing theories that have dominated nightmare scenarios from Hiroshima and Nagasaki Kaplan presents the unthinkable in terms of mass destruction and demonstrates how the nuclear war reality will not go away regardless of the dire conseuence. Very biased information It was neutral until the Obama and Trump references Obama was portrayed as an omniscient and worldly leader that had an answer for everything whereas Trump is a buffoon that is threatening the world with Armageddon How naïve and aloof can an author be The most biased and slanted book on nuclear weaponry I have read

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The BombFrom the author the classic The Wizards of Armageddon and Pulitzer Prize finalist comes the definitive history of American policy on nuclear war and Presidents’ actions in nuclear crises from Truman to TrumpFred Kaplan hailed by The New York Times as “a rare combination of defense intellectual and pugnacious reporter” takes us into the White House S. I read Kaplan's Dark Territory The Secret History of Cyber War and discovered it to be a very lucid explanation of the technological challenges faced by the security departments around the world So naturally I was anxious to check out his most recent book courtesy Net Galley for which I am gratefulIt's an immensely enjoyable if a bit scary book about the political infighting and territoriality of the armed services and policy development of nuclear weapons There was a lot of jockeying between the Navy Army and Air Force as to who would control the bomb and unfortunately much of that in fighting controlled policy Curtis LeMay a brilliant leader in the organization and implementation of the bombing campaigns read fire bombing in Europe and then Japan as head of the Strategic Air Command was all in favor of a virtual first strike with everything as the SAC bombers were uite vulnerable His philosophy was simply to bomb everything The Navy meanwhile was eager to get funds for the development of large numbers of ballistic missile euipped Polaris submarines arguing that if the Russians never knew where you were the deterrent effect was far greater and valuable The Army on the other hand promoted the use of smaller tactical nukes on the battlefield suggesting that a nuclear counterattack to defend Europe against Russian aggression would lead to a Russian withdrawal and peace discussions The casual manner in which civilian casualties not to mention military were discussed was a bit dishearteningThe man who replaced LeMay at SAC was Thomas Power Even LeMay thought he was excessive There was a cruelty to Power’s zest for bombing cities Even LeMay privately referred to his protégé as a “sadist” When Bill Kaufmann briefed him on the Counterforce strategy at SAC headuarters Power reacted with fury “Why do you want us to restrain ourselves” he screamed “Why are you so concerned with saving their lives The whole idea is to kill the bastards” After a bit of this tirade Power said “Look At the end of the war if there are two Americans and one Russian we win” Kaufmann snapped back “You’d better make sure that they’re a man and a woman” Power stormed out of the room One surprising and note worthy section was on how Cheney of all people was instrumental in reducing the huge number of weapons by half All of the president's since have failed to reject the no first strike policy Trump himself in his on again off again relationship with North Korea didn't hesitate to wave the arsenal and threaten its useKaplan describes the abyss that policy makers then and since have become trapped in The mere idea of how many times cities people need to be nuked in order to assure our victory even as we ourselves are annihilated inevitably leads to comparisons with Alice in WonderlandThat about sums up the insanity faced by all the presidents since Hiroshima The importance of policy discussions and analysis worries me when I read that our current president disdains not just the briefing books but the idea of analysis preferring to rely on his gut feeling no doubt the most attuned gut in the history of the world But then he's such a self described stable geniusA good companion book to McNamara's memoir In Retrospect and Ellsberg's Secrets Each is ostensibly about Vietnam but each reveals much a bout how decisions are made in government Other titles I will have to read are Kaplan's Wizards of Armaggedon Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine and Bruce Kuklick's Kennan to Kissinger and I'm sure many others but we only live so long