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 exposÚ 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 exposÚ 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:387 pages pages

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner Reviews

  • Andrewh
    Feb 27, 2019

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

    Daniel Ellsberg became famous, or notorious, for the Pentagon Papers, by which he blew the whistle on various aspects of the Vietnam War under President Nixon. In this book, he reveals much more dangerous secrets (which are now declassified under FOI) about US nuclear policy, gained fr...

  • Bettie
    Feb 27, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

  • Erin Carrington
    Mar 03, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

  • Jake
    Jan 13, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

    Daniel Ellsberg became famous, or notorious, for the Pentagon Papers, by which he blew the whistle on various aspects of the Vietnam War under President Nixon. In this book, he reveals much more dangerous secrets (which are now declassified under FOI) about US nuclear policy, gained fr...

    Decision making under extreme uncertainty when the stakes could not get much higher (nuclear winter or possible setting the atmosphere on fire). It is actually rather remarkable that there haven't been any "major accidents" yet. The solutions presented in the end of the book are really...

    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...

    "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...

    I very rarely give 5-star reviews to books. However, just in the past few weeks, I've done just that to two related books; this one by Ellberg, and the previous one being Eric Schlosser's Command and Control. This book that I'm reviewing here should be required reading for everyone,...

    This book is terrifying but necessary reading. Since the election of our current president, Americans have been worried about the instability of our government and the very real chance of destructive global conflict but Ellsberg's book shows us that these concerns are not new. Since th...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Bill
    Feb 04, 2019

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

  • Ryan Lackey
    Jul 12, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

    Daniel Ellsberg became famous, or notorious, for the Pentagon Papers, by which he blew the whistle on various aspects of the Vietnam War under President Nixon. In this book, he reveals much more dangerous secrets (which are now declassified under FOI) about US nuclear policy, gained fr...

    Decision making under extreme uncertainty when the stakes could not get much higher (nuclear winter or possible setting the atmosphere on fire). It is actually rather remarkable that there haven't been any "major accidents" yet. The solutions presented in the end of the book are really...

    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...

    "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...

    I very rarely give 5-star reviews to books. However, just in the past few weeks, I've done just that to two related books; this one by Ellberg, and the previous one being Eric Schlosser's Command and Control. This book that I'm reviewing here should be required reading for everyone,...

    This book is terrifying but necessary reading. Since the election of our current president, Americans have been worried about the instability of our government and the very real chance of destructive global conflict but Ellsberg's book shows us that these concerns are not new. Since th...

    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

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Alan
    Jun 19, 2019

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

  • Adrienne
    Feb 05, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

    Daniel Ellsberg became famous, or notorious, for the Pentagon Papers, by which he blew the whistle on various aspects of the Vietnam War under President Nixon. In this book, he reveals much more dangerous secrets (which are now declassified under FOI) about US nuclear policy, gained fr...

    Decision making under extreme uncertainty when the stakes could not get much higher (nuclear winter or possible setting the atmosphere on fire). It is actually rather remarkable that there haven't been any "major accidents" yet. The solutions presented in the end of the book are really...

    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...

    "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...

  • Philip Hollenback
    Dec 07, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

  • Mal Warwick
    Dec 27, 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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

  • Dick Reynolds
    Mar 12, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

  • Behzad
    Dec 30, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

  • Bob H
    Feb 26, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

  • T├Ánu Vahtra
    Mar 21, 2019

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

    Daniel Ellsberg became famous, or notorious, for the Pentagon Papers, by which he blew the whistle on various aspects of the Vietnam War under President Nixon. In this book, he reveals much more dangerous secrets (which are now declassified under FOI) about US nuclear policy, gained fr...

    Decision making under extreme uncertainty when the stakes could not get much higher (nuclear winter or possible setting the atmosphere on fire). It is actually rather remarkable that there haven't been any "major accidents" yet. The solutions presented in the end of the book are really...

  • Charles Gonzalez
    Mar 20, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

    Daniel Ellsberg became famous, or notorious, for the Pentagon Papers, by which he blew the whistle on various aspects of the Vietnam War under President Nixon. In this book, he reveals much more dangerous secrets (which are now declassified under FOI) about US nuclear policy, gained fr...

    Decision making under extreme uncertainty when the stakes could not get much higher (nuclear winter or possible setting the atmosphere on fire). It is actually rather remarkable that there haven't been any "major accidents" yet. The solutions presented in the end of the book are really...

    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...

  • Janne Peltola
    Jan 15, 2019

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

  • Lance L
    Jul 17, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

    Daniel Ellsberg became famous, or notorious, for the Pentagon Papers, by which he blew the whistle on various aspects of the Vietnam War under President Nixon. In this book, he reveals much more dangerous secrets (which are now declassified under FOI) about US nuclear policy, gained fr...

    Decision making under extreme uncertainty when the stakes could not get much higher (nuclear winter or possible setting the atmosphere on fire). It is actually rather remarkable that there haven't been any "major accidents" yet. The solutions presented in the end of the book are really...

    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...

    "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...

    I very rarely give 5-star reviews to books. However, just in the past few weeks, I've done just that to two related books; this one by Ellberg, and the previous one being Eric Schlosser's Command and Control. This book that I'm reviewing here should be required reading for everyone,...

    This book is terrifying but necessary reading. Since the election of our current president, Americans have been worried about the instability of our government and the very real chance of destructive global conflict but Ellsberg's book shows us that these concerns are not new. Since th...

    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...

    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...

  • Eric Layton
    May 11, 2019

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

    Daniel Ellsberg became famous, or notorious, for the Pentagon Papers, by which he blew the whistle on various aspects of the Vietnam War under President Nixon. In this book, he reveals much more dangerous secrets (which are now declassified under FOI) about US nuclear policy, gained fr...

    Decision making under extreme uncertainty when the stakes could not get much higher (nuclear winter or possible setting the atmosphere on fire). It is actually rather remarkable that there haven't been any "major accidents" yet. The solutions presented in the end of the book are really...

    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...

    "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...

    I very rarely give 5-star reviews to books. However, just in the past few weeks, I've done just that to two related books; this one by Ellberg, and the previous one being Eric Schlosser's Command and Control. This book that I'm reviewing here should be required reading for everyone,...

  • Kevin
    Oct 21, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

  • Annie
    May 22, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

  • Marc Sims
    Feb 22, 2019

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

  • Michael Frank
    Jan 13, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

  • Elle Maruska
    Dec 31, 2018

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Wow. I thought I was relatively knowledgeable about WMDs. I've read Richard Rhodes' scholarly epics about the origins of nuclear weapons and then tempered my technocracy with Scholler's Command & Control and Hoffman's Dead Hand. All very good books that provide one with a compre...

    Fascinating and compelling. An insider's view of what seemingly rational decisions led us to the path we're on. A lot in here to like for fans of nuclear policy and military and political history. If you think the end of the Cold War made most of this irrelevant, think again. Despite b...

    So many details that I never thought could be there and Ellsberg elaborated on them masterfully and sometimes with humor. The complexity and multiple layers of Nuclear War planning is quite frankly unbelievable. This is particularly so because despite all the complexity the trigger ...

    Scariest fact: During the Cuban Missile Crises, Ellsberg played a role as an aid to Sec of Defense McNamara. Days after the crises, Ellsberg assessed the risk of nuke conflict at very low. Decades later, after learning the hidden Russians side of the story, he changed his mind to ?if...

    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...

    Lucky escapes do not actually resolve issues; nuclear disarmament needs to be front-and-center for mass movements. The Good The Dire: --Corporate news will have you believe the nuclear crisis is a Cold War era issue, and only to be dusted off as a threat (to countries that already...

    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...

    Well that was depressing. Once again I am reminded that there's basically no reason humans should still exist, given how good we are at destroying ourselves. ...

    Daniel Ellsberg became famous, or notorious, for the Pentagon Papers, by which he blew the whistle on various aspects of the Vietnam War under President Nixon. In this book, he reveals much more dangerous secrets (which are now declassified under FOI) about US nuclear policy, gained fr...

    Decision making under extreme uncertainty when the stakes could not get much higher (nuclear winter or possible setting the atmosphere on fire). It is actually rather remarkable that there haven't been any "major accidents" yet. The solutions presented in the end of the book are really...

    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...

    "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...

    I very rarely give 5-star reviews to books. However, just in the past few weeks, I've done just that to two related books; this one by Ellberg, and the previous one being Eric Schlosser's Command and Control. This book that I'm reviewing here should be required reading for everyone,...

    This book is terrifying but necessary reading. Since the election of our current president, Americans have been worried about the instability of our government and the very real chance of destructive global conflict but Ellsberg's book shows us that these concerns are not new. Since 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

    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! ...

    ????????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 ...

    Description: From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposÚ 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...

    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 filmáDr. 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 ...

    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...

    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain na´vetÚ expressed by Ellsberg?s concluding optimism, such as it is. ...

    This book, written by the same Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war during Nixon?s presidency, was eye-opening. A little slow at first, at about the half-way point the book became fascinating. The book is part memoir, party history lesson, and part policy...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...