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 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 From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the awful dangers o...

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Title:The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
Author:Daniel Ellsberg
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Genres:History
ISBN:1608196704
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner Reviews

  • Bettie☯
    Feb 27, 2018
    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-se...
  • AC
    Dec 22, 2017
    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naïveté expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...
  • Neil
    Oct 09, 2017
    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 demonst...
  • Erin Carrington
    Mar 03, 2018
    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 you...
  • Tim
    Jun 10, 2018
    Scary book. Amazing to read the history of the Cold War to see how very bad things could have been, ...
  • Kaia
    Apr 10, 2018
    This is a very timely book, and it would have been timely if he had released it about 50 years ago as he had originally planned. The book describes his personal experience as a RAND contractor with the US Air Force trying to 'minimize' the civilian deaths (to less hundreds of millions ...
  • Jake
    Jan 13, 2018
    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads 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 s...
  • Ryan Lackey
    Jul 12, 2018
    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 est...
  • Vheissu
    Jan 17, 2018
    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, alth...
  • Anne
    Jun 02, 2018
    Read it. I read the first part 5 months ago, but it was a library book so I was unable to get it back until now. It?s a dense academic read. Difficult in both the subject matter and the writing itself. Like reading a dry thesis. But some of the facts related are just incredible! As w...
  • Adrienne
    Feb 05, 2018
    "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 p...
  • Mal Warwick
    Dec 27, 2017
    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 ...
  • Sheri
    Feb 09, 2018
    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 ...
  • Anthony Frausto
    Feb 06, 2018
    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 t...
  • Dick Reynolds
    Mar 12, 2018
    This is not a good book to read at night because you probably won?t get any sleep. Daniel Ellsberg reveals much about his career at the RAND Corporation following his 1957 discharge from the Marine Corps. Along the way he punctures the balloons of many myths regarding the safety a...
  • Bob H
    Feb 26, 2018
    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 b...
  • Dariel
    Mar 15, 2018
    All my life I have been unlearning the propoganda I was fed by our society. One of the great nuclear war myths of our peace-loving nation of honor was that we would never be the first to use nuclear weapons. Setting aside that we had already used nukes, our nations strategic war pla...
  • Charles Gonzalez
    Mar 20, 2018
    I wasn?t expecting to give this book a 5 star rating - I started it on the basis of the title , taken from the work of Herman Kahn , and its author , the celebrated source of the Pentagon Papers. While I had an inkling of Ellsberg?s history in intelligence matters I really had no i...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Dec 25, 2017
    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...
  • Galen Weitkamp
    Jun 05, 2018
    The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg. Review by Galen Weitkamp. This is a somber and clear-eyed look at our past seventy years of nuclear first-use policy, its consequences, uses, costs and threat to our future. The Norden bombsight use...
  • Martin Berman-Gorvine
    Jun 07, 2018
    A Vital Message for Americans and Humanity at Large Daniel Ellsberg, who ought to be a hero to all Americans for his role in exposing the lies that led to the catastrophe of the Vietnam War, here presents his insider's knowledge of an infinitely greater catastrophe that has been wai...
  • Lance L
    Jul 17, 2018
    The most dangerous man in the world with the scariest thing you?ve ever heard. Essentially, a demonstration that Dr. Strangelove is not satire, but potential documentary. I vividly remember the feeling of growing up in the late 70s and early 80s absolutely convinced that none of us w...
  • Annie
    May 22, 2018
    ????????THE BASICS???????? Ellsberg was a member of the RAND Corporation, and who worked for the White House. He was the main whistleblower and leaker of the Pentagon Papers, which revealed things the US had done/was doing during the Vietnam War (not ...
  • MatÄ›j Bregant
    Mar 12, 2018
    Ellsberg's account of war planning spans several decades of US nuclear policy and it is a disheartening read. Vivid descriptions of several instances when it was basically luck that saved us from damnation make sure that this book is at times unputdownable. Also the "nuclear football" ...
  • Brad
    Feb 26, 2018
    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...
  • Michael Frank
    Jan 13, 2018
    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 the...
  • John Crippen
    Jun 17, 2018
    Ellsberg argues that humankind has too many H-bombs and that that fact increases the risk of omnicide, a risk that did not exist prior to the late 1940s. The book is a fascinating, sobering look at how this happened, all that could go wrong, and a possible way forward to dismantling th...
  • Bill Rasche
    Dec 10, 2017
    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! ...
  • Matthew Fenlon
    Jan 22, 2018
    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...
  • Charles
    Sep 01, 2018
    Perhaps the Most Frightening Book You?ll Ever Read Daniel Ellsberg is best known for leaking The Pentagon Papers in 1971. These revealed the decades of deception about American behind the scenes involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967 and specifically how the Johnson administrati...