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 naďveté 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Tom Schulte
    Jan 19, 2018
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • Just A. Bean
    Jan 25, 2018
    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...
  • 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...
  • Kursad Albayraktaroglu
    Mar 16, 2018
    In this book, Ellsberg provides a very thorough history of US nuclear war planning from the viewpoint of someone who actually had a role in writing the early versions of such plans. He clearly approached this project as being a very important part of his legacy (already firmly establis...
  • Tusk
    Apr 13, 2018
    This has to be one of the most important pieces of non fiction ever written. I sat down and read it cover-to-cover in one sitting and urge you to find the courage to delve into a difficult and much misunderstood topic re the planet?s most dangerous peril. Ellsberg?s historical reco...
  • Tim Conder
    Mar 08, 2018
    This book is a fascinating insight into the manner in which the American nuclear strategy was created and the extent to which misinformation, practical exigencies and the battles between the different arms of the military played in its formation. The idea of mutually assured destruc...
  • Mike Maurer
    Dec 23, 2017
    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 ov...
  • David Jacobson
    Apr 08, 2018
    This book takes you on a fascinating tour of what would happen if the USA actually decided to go to nuclear war?or "general war", in the euphemistic jargon. The second half gives a history of the development of the nuclear leviathan and thoughts on how it could be dismantled. It draw...
  • Matěj 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...
  • Letya
    Jan 29, 2018
    Ellsberg öntömjénez? stílusa az elején igencsak megakasztotta az olvasást, de lassan az elém tárt tények és információk érdekesebbnek t?ntek, minthogy foglalkozzak az öndics?ítéssel. Kés?bb már szinte észre sem vettem Ellsberg dicsekvéseit (jó, azért párszor ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Michael Webb
    Mar 30, 2018
    Stunning, terrible, and disquieting. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in 3 days. An in-depth look at the history of planning for nuclear war, the logic behind doomsday, and the ongoing danger that it, and the necessary failsafe systems that exist still present to humanity a...