Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation

Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation

by Lynn Eden
     
 

Whole World on Fire focuses on a technical riddle wrapped in an organizational mystery: How and why, for more than half a century, did the U.S. government fail to predict nuclear fire damage as it drew up plans to fight strategic nuclear war? U.S...See more details below

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Whole World on Fire focuses on a technical riddle wrapped in an organizational mystery: How and why, for more than half a century, did the U.S. government fail to predict nuclear fire damage as it drew up plans to fight strategic nuclear war? U.S...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801435782
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Series:
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Understanding Nuclear Weapons Effects
Ch. 1Complete Ruin15
Ch. 2Organizational Frames37
Constructing Destruction, 1940-1961
Ch. 3Doctrine and Damage through World War II63
Ch. 4Early Postwar Atomic Planning93
Ch. 5New Inquiry about Blast122
Ch. 6Nuclear Weapons Tests142
Ch. 7The Hydrogen Bomb and Damage Codes172
Predicting the Unpredictable? 1955-2003
Ch. 8The Fire Research Community191
Ch. 9The Physics and Politics of Mass Fire221
Ch. 10Encore and After253
Conclusion: Routine Surprises283
Notes305
Index357

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