By Rodric Braithwaite
In 1945, the atom bomb was once dropped on Hiroshima and previous principles of war got here to an finish. This booklet tells how the ability of the atom used to be harnessed to provide guns in a position to destroying human civilisation.
There have been few villains within the tale. On each side of the Iron Curtain, committed scientists cracked the secrets and techniques of nature, dutiful army males deliberate to take advantage of the bomb in battle, politicians meditated with a very likely insupportable determination. Patriotic electorate acquiesced within the concept that their nation wanted the final word technique of defence. a few attempted to grapple with the unanswerable query: what finish might be served via this sort of fearsome skill? those that protested went unheard. None desired to begin a nuclear warfare, yet all have been paranoid. the chance of struggle unintentionally or misjudgement used to be by no means completely absent.
Rodric Braithwaite, writer of bestsellers Moscow 1941 and Afgantsy, paints a vibrant and thought-provoking portrait of this extreme interval in historical past. Its implications are as appropriate this present day as they ever have been, as ignorant and inconsiderate speak about nuclear struggle starts off to unfold as soon as more.
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Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation by Rodric Braithwaite