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The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner (vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Daniel Ellsberg (Tekijä)

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"Here, for the first time, former high level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking first-hand account of America's nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization--and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration--threatens our very survival. No other insider with high level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. Framed as a memoir--a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating--this gripping expose reads like a thriller and offers feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing "doomsday machine" and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistleblower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real-life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful--and powerfully important--book about not just our country, but the future of the world."--Provided by publisher.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
Kirjailijat:Daniel Ellsberg (Tekijä)
Info:Bloomsbury USA (2017), Edition: 1, 424 pages
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Wow. I went into this just thinking Ellsberg was a random functionary who had leaked the Pentagon Papers; I also discounted him as a generic antiwar/leftist/commie scum. I was wrong. Overall, this is a very good book, and presents both the issues of the US nuclear/national security establishment and Ellsberg as a person pretty fairly.

Ellsberg was an intelligent RAND analyst with both interest in making nuclear war planning more sane, and access to a lot of information due to his position (and then seeking more access using his knowledge). He used his power to route information from the military (which was tightly controlling it) to civilian leaders in the DOD and White House, and overall on nuclear policy was pretty unambiguously good. He'd been a USMC officer and cold war "true believer" earlier in his career, and became more concerned as he learned more about the war plans and how badly they'd been structured. (Crazy stuff like all-or-nothing plans, such that any attack would be responded to by destroying both USSR and China (and a bunch of other countries), war plans with inherent flaws in timing and coordination, and unexamined couplings in failure modes such that a simple decision to order an alert could have easily led to complete nuclear war.)

I do think he oversold nuclear winter/nuclear cooling as an existential threat, and has some other generic left ideas, but overall I think he did the right thing within government on nuclear matters.

Ironically he tried to exfiltrate a bunch of highly classified nuclear documents, similar to how he'd copied the Pentagon Papers, but let a friend store them for him, losing them in a comedy of incompetence (if he's to be believed). ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Excellent first-hand history and perspective. Recommended reading for all Americans and Russians. ( )
  JM2013Wilson | Aug 23, 2020 |
Ellsberg with some really interesting info agaon. Would love if he had been able to preserve all the notes he had taken. Quite the info he had to share. US was always prepared to strike first? Not a surprise? Was surprised about the war plans against Russia AND China. Lot of good endnotes to refer to. And yes - the fact that ANYONE can proclaim that "only" 100 million will die is disgusting. ( )
  bermandog | Jun 21, 2019 |
ספר מרתק. קודם כל בגלל האמפטיה הטבעית שאני חש לאלסברג ולסביבת העבודה שלו עקב ההיסטוריה האישית שלי. שנית, וחשוב יותר, בגלל החשיבות הקולוסלית שיש לדברים שאלסברג אומר לגבי היסטריית ההצטיידות בנשק גרעיני ותכניות ההפעלה. עם זאת ברור שאיש לא יעשה כלום בעקבות הדברים. ( )
  amoskovacs | Sep 11, 2018 |
This book is a compelling but truly terrifying account of U.S. nuclear plans and policies from the Manhattan Project to the present. Why terrifying? Because it is a thoroughly-documented history of deceit, military obstinacy and insubordination, miscommunication and brinkmanship. According to Ellsberg, that history continues today. He also confesses his role in the nuclear stalemate which has continued from the 1950s to today and issues a call for a popular movement aimed eventually at abolition but initially at dismantling what Ellsberg, after Herman Kahn, calls the Doomsday Machine, the mechanisms for automatic launch and the system of values, assumptions and policies that hold the entire world at risk of nuclear annihilation. For those who are not policy wonks or nuclear weapons nerds, the going can be slow at times, but Ellsberg is often arresting, especially in his accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the evolution of U.S. values from abhorrence at the bombing of civilians to dismissing civilian deaths as a necessary component of strategy. ( )
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"Here, for the first time, former high level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking first-hand account of America's nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization--and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration--threatens our very survival. No other insider with high level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. Framed as a memoir--a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating--this gripping expose reads like a thriller and offers feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing "doomsday machine" and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistleblower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real-life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful--and powerfully important--book about not just our country, but the future of the world."--Provided by publisher.

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