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Book How the end begins : the road to a nuclear World War III / Ron Rosenbaum.
Publication year: 2011.
Call Number U263 .R67 2011
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781416594215 1416594213 9781439190074 1439190070
"The president loses control of fifty nukes for nearly an hour. Russian nuclear bombers almost bump wingtips with American fighter jets over Pacific coast. North Korea detonates nuclear weapons underground. Iran's nuclear shroud is penetrated by a computer worm. Al-Qaeda goes on the hunt for Pakistan's bomb, and Israelis debate the merit of a preemptive nuclear strike. Treaties are signed, but thousands of nuclear weapons are still on hair-trigger alert. This is how the end begins. In this book, author Ron Rosenbaum gives us a wake-up call about this new age of peril. Rosenbaum tracks down key characters in our new nuclear drama and probes deeply into their war game strategies, fears, and moral agonies. He travels to Omaha's underground nuclear command center, goes into missile silo complexes beneath the Great Plains, and holds in his hands a set of nuclear launch keys. Rosenbaum confronts missile men and the general at the very top of our nation's nuclear command system with tough questions. He reveals disturbing flaws in our nuclear launch control system, suggests remedies for them, shows how the old Cold War system of bipolar deterrence has become dangerously unstable, and examines the new movement for nuclear abolition."--Dust jacket.
Extent: 304 p. ; 25 cm.
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An alarming, deeply reported analysis of how close--and how often--the world has come to nuclear annihilation, and why we are once again on the brink.
"We came so close" -- Major Hering's forbidden question -- The forbidden question at the Qwest Center -- The number -- Bruce Blair : the doomsday discovery and the real danger -- Col. Yarynich's "100 nuclear wars" and the apocalypse equation -- "The ashes are still warm" : the second Holocaust, Israel, and the morality of nuclear retaliation -- Iran: the "enigmatic box" and the NIE -- Endgame.