The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

The Doomsday Machine Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner From the legendary whistle blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers an eyewitness expos of the awful dangers of America s hidden fifty year long nuclear policy that continues to this day When former

  • Title: The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
  • Author: Daniel Ellsberg
  • ISBN: 9781608196708
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the legendary whistle blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness expos of the awful dangers of America s hidden, fifty year long nuclear policy that continues to this day.When former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America s nuclearFrom the legendary whistle blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness expos of the awful dangers of America s hidden, fifty year long nuclear policy that continues to this day.When former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America s nuclear program in the 1960s Here for the first time he reveals the contents of those documents, and makes clear their shocking relevance for today.The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg s hair raising insider s account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy and proposed renewal under the Trump administration threatens the very survival of humanity It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high level access to them No other insider has written so candidly of that long classified history, though the policies remain fundamentally, and frighteningly, unchanged Ellsberg, in the end, offers steps we can take under the current administration to avoid nuclear catastrophe Framed as a memoir, this gripping expos reads like a thriller with cloak and dagger intrigue, placing Ellsberg back in his natural role as whistle blower It is a real life Dr Strangelove story, but an ultimately hopeful and powerfully important book.

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    1. Daniel Ellsberg

      Daniel Ellsberg is a former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top secret Pentagon study of US government decision making about the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers.Ellsberg is the recipient of the Inaugural Ron Ridenhour Courage Prize, a prize established by The Nation Institute and The Fertel Foundation In 1978 he accepted the Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace On September 28, 2006 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award.Ellsberg has been married twice His first marriage, to Carol Cummings, the daughter of a Marine Corps Brigadier General, lasted 13 years before ending in divorce at her request, as he has stated in his memoirs titled Secrets Two children Robert and Mary were born of this marriage In 1970, he married Patricia Marx, whom he had dated earlier.

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    1. Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the awful dangers of America’s hidden, fifty-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day.When former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. Here for the first time he reveals the contents of those documents, and makes clear [...]

    2. Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding!

    3. Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naïveté expressed by Ellsberg’s concluding optimism, such as it is.

    4. In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major Kong is the commander of a B-52 bomber sent to attack the USSR by the deranged general Jack D. Ripper—and the protocol will not permit the President of the United States to recall the plane. When the bomb explode [...]

    5. This is a frightening story of the US nuclear war policy from the 1950s on, by someone who was a witness (at RAND) and a participant. Daniel Ellsberg was privy to the secret war planning at that time, which apparently is still largely in place. The film "Dr. Strangelove" turns out to be uncomfortably close to true live, he says.We find out that:- there really was a doomsday machine, of sorts: in the US, a single plan for nuclear war, triggered by any use of nuclear weapons, tactical or strategic [...]

    6. This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics.The title derives from the classic film, Dr. Strangelove. Ellsberg demonstrates that Stanley Kubrick got some things right and some things wrong in his movie, although in both respects things in the late 1950s and early 1960s were much, much worse than the disaster depicted on screen. One of the things Kubrick got right was the problem of a "doomsday shroud." In reality, it wasn [...]

    7. This book is a rollercoaster. And by rollercoaster, I mean only the part where you're slowly click-clacking your way further and further up toward impending doom. And, while you're making your way up there the person next to you leans over and tells you that your best friend killed your cat because she's actually a homicidal lunatic. But, really, this book is phenomenal as a historical record, a dire warning to humanity, and a call to action. My only hesitation in recommending it to others is th [...]

    8. Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work planning for nuclear war and a general outline of our capabilities, command and control systems, who authorizes the use of nuclear weapons and the times we came close to unleashing them to our final ruin. I get th [...]

    9. Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. “When I asked the military advisors if they could assure me that holding fast would not result in the death of five hundred million human beings, they looked at me as though I was out of my mind, or what was worse, a traitor. The biggest tragedy, as they saw it, was n [...]

    10. This book is no joke. I won a copy from a giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little secrets (many now declassified) of potential nuclear war. The title obviously comes from the movie Dr. Strangelove with its crazed military leaders and scientists blowing up the world. In some ways the reality is worse as it [...]

    11. Absolutely the scariest book I've ever read. And after reading it, I feel extremely lucky just to be alive. Turns out, the Pentagon Papers were just the second rate secret documents that Daniel Ellsberg had secreted from his Dept of Defense work for Rand Corporation. The BIG trove was documents about United States nuclear weapon research, development, deployment, and planned usage. Ellsberg, an economist at Rand, specialized in decision making analysis. Add all this together, and you've got an i [...]

    12. Very good but also very frightening. An encompassing history of how the US and Russia have planned to wage nuclear war for the past 70 years. After reading, it is amazing we haven't destroyed each other and the rest of the world. Most people would be shocked at how close we have come to launching missiles at each other. Very sobering.

    13. Not the easiest book to read. Lots of breaks in sentences, and a lot of repetition particularly in the early chapters. In fact I nearly gave up before the halfway point because it became quite tedious the way that the relatively few points were laboured upon. The second half focuses on the early days of nuclear weapons and is a far better read. If you can push through the early meh, it gets good, and scary!

    14. "The Doomsday Machine" was a terrifying insight into just how close the earth is to nuclear annihilation. It seems that all it would take is one error, one miscommunication, or one rogue action is all that is needed to set the Doomsday Machine into motion. I always questioned the practicality of having the "nuclear football," the briefcase that supposedly houses all the nuclear codes and the president only has access to it. I knew that submarine commanders could order their weapons to be fired w [...]

    15. It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonstrates quite clearly that nuclear war planning has mostly been focused on a full out doomsday scenario, ignoring the risks of nuclear winter, too inflexible to stay limited to one country or a few bombs. Historically, i [...]

    16. I can appreciate Daniel Ellsberg's insider's look at military/government policy on the use of nuclear weapons, which has remained fundamentally unchanged for the past 70 years. While I appreciate the writing and his forthrightness, and I don't question its accuracy, I would have to say I at least question some of his conclusions, if not disagree with them. It's certainly true that a Pandora's box was opened with the U. S. development and use of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, [...]

    17. Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging over our heads, you’ll want to find a rock to hide under (but that won’t help in the end).The author is the guy who released the Pentagon Papers. He also copied thousands of pages about the nuclear war plans the [...]

    18. The planning we were threatening to carry out was best described by a skeptical Pentagon colleague: "We send in a series of increasingly larger probes. If they're all stopped, we fire a [nuclear] warning shot. If that doesn't work, we blow up the world."Which seems to have been the core of US nuclear strategy from about 1946 to the present day. It's not like I didn't know about MAD/SAD, but seeing it laid out clearly and logically is something else again.The strongest parts of the book describe [...]

    19. The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then, all this about the loose handling of nukes while so detailed was so much rooted in Ellsberg's first-hand '60s experience that it reads as very dated and possibly irrelevant. Things heat up - get interesting - wit [...]

    20. Ellsberg öntömjénező stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek tűntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndicsőítéssel. Később már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor igen ;) )Azt hittem, hogy sok mindent tudok az atomkorszakról, de tévednem kellett. Ami jó, mert így újabb információkkal lettem gazdagabb, Választ kaptam, hogy ki, pontosabban, kik nyomhatják meg azt a bi [...]

    21. This is an outstanding book with few flaws. Ellsberg does an excellent job making nuclear theory and strategy accessible to uninformed readers without watering down the narrative.There are two flaws with this book. The first is that Ellsberg provides the reader little opportunity to come to their own conclusions regarding nuclear warfare. The reader may be likely to come to the same understanding of the folly of nuclear weapons as Ellsberg, but the book would have been more powerful if the reade [...]

    22. Add this to your list of little known facts: Ellsberg had an entire 2nd set of top secret documents that he thought much more damaging than the Pentagon Papers. He was persuaded that the PPs would have a much greater and immediate impact. That the US had misrepresented Soviet nuclear capabilities; that it was based upon ‘first strike’ capabilities; considered as acceptable collateral damage nations of Western and Eastern Europe, and any nation in which Soviet troops were placed; included Chi [...]

    23. Having read Ellsberg’s book, “Secrets” I was thrilled to see this new release. I stopped all other reading and got this book immediately at the library. I will purchase a copy and for it to my son. There is very little to say other than every American needs to read BOTH books. History is a subject that has been maligned, mistreated, and diminished by our failing schools and powerful elites wanting darkness where we need light. Daniel Ellsberg shines the light of truth on events in our past [...]

    24. Nuclear WinterThough Daniel Ellsberg’s fame comes from his role in making the Pentagon Papers public in the early 1970’s, most of his professional career inside and outside government focused on our country’s nuclear weapons policy. Using his decades of experience, Ellsberg makes a powerful case as to the need to reject the current belief that a nuclear war can be fought and won when all research suggests that a nuclear war, no matter how “limited, inevitably leads to the destruction of [...]

    25. The book is only depressingly interesting. He explains ad infinitum that we have a doomsday machine, and so does Russia, and that they are VERY dangerous. We get it. We also get that you don't get to know this stuff unless you have double secret super glue slap slap bada Bing clearance. But he reminds us of this often. The information the book puts forth is great, and should be public knowledge so the public can do something about it. But we won't because we are mostly busy working, raising kids [...]

    26. This book is not going to make your sleep easier or calmerBut it's a very detailed and researched history of the american nuclear/thermo-nuclear weapon usage and plans for their usage, and their constant use as a threat in all kinds of negotiations. It also shows the flaws with it, and how close we've come to triggering a nuclear war on some occasions (the explanations for the Cuban missile crisis are especially worrisome).Having such huge, decentralized system which with a failure of a single c [...]

    27. This book is jarring and essential. I had no idea that Ellsberg had been one of (perhaps the foremost among) America's civilian nuclear war strategists. He's a master at synthesis, telling the story of the bomb and our nuclear policies, his own work relating to decision-making and uncertainty, and the "close-calls" made possible by a system with surprisingly few "checks" that risks nuclear winter and omnicide for the sake of a fictional strategic advantage. It's gripping, and I'm terrified. I ca [...]

    28. Well THAT was a damn sobering read. The ONLY consolation I took from this book is that Trump is actually no more likely to end the world than any of his predecessors. I think due to Ellsburg's long past as a policy-writer, I found his prose difficult. Just one example for you, "The obstacles to achieving these necessary changes are posed not so much by the majority of the American public - though many in recent years have shown dismaying manipulability - but by officials and elites in both parti [...]

    29. This is a genuinely terrifying read, and would be even if we didn't have a textbook example of Dunning-Kruger currently in the Oval Office. We have come far closer to nuclear war than we (the public) knew since the end of WWII. The movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb, is not as hilariously farfetched as one might think. The military-industrial-congressional (per Ellsberg) wants and helps drive countries to war, even though the myth of limiting damage from a nuclear war has b [...]

    30. Just possible one of the most important books of the past 50 years, if it is able to achieve anything like the author's hoped-for aim of dismantling the Doomsday machines that both the USA and the Russians have. Ellsberg is a compelling writer. I'm a slow reader, but read this book in less than a week, compared with my usual 2 to 3 months. That's simply because it is not a book one can put down easily. It is haunting, and very well written. Should be required reading of every member of Congress [...]

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