This is the untold story of the small group of men who have devised the plans and shaped the policies on how to use the Bomb. The book (first published in 1983) explores the secret world of these strategists of the nuclear age and brings to light a chapter in American political and military history never before revealed.
Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War
Author: Fred Kaplan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From the author the classic The Wizards of Armageddon and Pulitzer Prize finalist comes the definitive history of American policy on nuclear war—and Presidents’ actions in nuclear crises—from Truman to Trump. Fred Kaplan, hailed by The New York Times as “a rare combination of defense intellectual and pugnacious reporter,” takes us into the White House Situation Room, the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s “Tank” in the Pentagon, and the vast chambers of Strategic Command to bring us the untold stories—based on exclusive interviews and previously classified documents—of how America’s presidents and generals have thought about, threatened, broached, and just barely avoided nuclear war from the dawn of the atomic age until today. Kaplan’s historical research and deep reporting will stand as the permanent record of politics. Discussing theories that have dominated nightmare scenarios from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Kaplan presents the unthinkable in terms of mass destruction and demonstrates how the nuclear war reality will not go away, regardless of the dire consequences.
Military Culture and the Political Utility of Force
Author: Ben Buley
Category: Political Science
This book explores the cultural history and future prospects of the so-called ‘new American way of war’. In recent decades, American military culture has become increasingly dominated by a vision of ‘immaculate destruction’, which reached its apogee with the fall of Baghdad in 2003. Operation Iraqi Freedom was hailed as the triumphant validation of this new American way of war. For its most enthusiastic supporters, it also encapsulated a broader political vision. By achieving complete technical mastery of the battlefield, the US would render warfare surgical, humane, and predictable, and become a precisely calibrated instrument of national policy. American strategy has often been characterised as lacking in concern for the non-military consequences of actions. However, the chaotic aftermath of the Iraq War revealed the timeless truth that military success and political victory are not the same. In reality, the American way of war has frequently emerged as the contradictory expression of competing visions of war struggling for dominance since the early Cold War period. By tracing the origins and evolution of these competing views on the political utility of force, this book will set the currently popular image of a new American way of war in its broader historical, cultural and political context, and provide an assessment of its future prospects. This book will be of great interest to students of strategic studies, military theory, US foreign policy and international politics. It will be highly relevant for military practitioners interested in the fundamental concepts which continue to drive American strategic thinking in the contemporary battlegrounds of the War on Terror.
American Arsenal examines the United States' transformation from isolationist state to military superpower by means of sixteen vignettes, each focusing upon an inventor and his contribution to the cause.
Canadian Military Strategy and Nuclear Weapons, 1950-1963
Author: Andrew Richter
Publisher: UBC Press
Drawing on previously classified government records, Richter reveals that Canadian defence officials independently came to strategic understandings of the most critical issues of the nuclear age regarding the use of force in resolving disputes. Canadian appreciation of deterrence, arms control, and strategic stability differed conceptually from the US models. Similarly, Canadian thinking on the controversial issues of air defence and the domestic acquisition of nuclear weapons was primarily influenced by decidedly Canadian interests. This book illustrates Canada's considerable latitude for independent defence thinking while providing key historical information that helps make sense of the contemporary Canadian defence debate.
Volume 1 of Stalking the Antichrists and Their False Nuclear Prophets, Nuclear Gladiators, and Spirit Warriors,1940-1965 is essentially an enhanced memoir. It is based for the most part on my personal observations and knowledge and specialized information from my academic studies of history, political science, and literature at Grove City College and the University of Chicago,as well as my professional insights into the heart of the U. S. Navy (1953-1957, 1960-1961[OP- 09D]) as an Air Intelligence Officer in Hawaii and Japan and the Pentagon; political- military/counsellor assignments in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer(FSO-6) at the American embassy in Paris (1962-64); and a speechwriter in the Navy Department (1965). In volume 2, the textual narrative begins with the end of my specific actions/ activities in the Navy and Foreign Service in July 1965, which I have called How I Lived in History, 1950-1965. In retrospect my entire Navy careerfrom my commissioning as Ensign USNR, 1355 AIO, in early September 1953 at Naval Station, Newport, Rhode Island, to my first honorable discharge at Treasure Island on August 27, 1957was in preparation to an understanding of World War II and the Cold War.
Taz and Crystal Tazarian have found peace in their lives though it is short lived as they are once again plunged into magic's undertow. Taz and Crystal Tazarian journey down a darkened, depraved path of human devastation in a spelling tale. The Wizard of the Moons steals Sorcerer Lucas Tazarian, body and soul, as a plaything for his concubines. Taz' is blown into an existence where he is at the mercy of four warped beings, and has no memory of his previous life on Hyla. His waking hours are spent in a wash of mental and physical agony. His dreams are haunted by a beautiful and loving woman that he no longer remembers upon waking. After Taz's abduction by black magic, Sorceress Crystal Tazarian opens her eyes to a spelled reality where four phases have passed in a matter of suns. Within minutes of waking, her body is enlarged with a child that was conceived only moons earlier. She has been accused of Taz's murder. Her life is shattered by his absence. Her sole purpose becomes the quest to get back the man she loves, no matter what the cost is. This fast paced adult science fiction fantasy will call forth a roller coaster of emotions. Written in a visually suggestive manner, the text is occasionally sexual or violent in nature.
Since 1945, as the U.S. has engaged in near-constant “wars of choice” with limited congressional oversight, the executive and armed services have shared primary responsibility for often ill-defined objectives, strategies, and benefits. Matthew Moten shows the significance of negotiations between presidents and the generals allied with them.
The Wizards of Holly Wood.Preceding the ends of time and the Armageddon, earth undergoes tragic fates such as world wars I, II, and III, also volcanos and earthquakes that devastate the planet. As a result, new nations and fads are born, then the lost city of the angels, Los Angeles or Turaq, surfaces up from under the sand, where it has been buried for several millenniums by then.Because Holly Wood has been taken over by gangs and the underworld, myriads of foreign Warlords, Wizards, and Warlocks migrated to the west coast, now a no man's land, to join the gold rush and discovery of the buried treasures of the ancient holy rook; an orgy of assassinations and betrayals follows the dawn of the wicked.Once again, the Ghost Fleet shows up at the shores of Malibu, California, but they had to contend with the Hebrew Witches as they did many times before. Those Babylonian sorceresses are the guardians of destiny and masters of history, stewardesses of fate. They are of the virgin birth of the Big Bang and builders and voyagers of the Noah Ark.Finally, the Galaxies align, and the ruptures at the bottom of the Abyss mend to the Black Hole, which allows the past to connect to the future and the Antichrist to zap through it. His home base, Of Seven Tails or the Octopus Comet, becomes visible worldwide, as the Armageddon gets underway. Yet the time travelers who were lost in time return back from the Mojave Desert flying their saucers.