How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III

How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III

by Ron Rosenbaum
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How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III by Ron Rosenbaum

The president loses control of fifty nukes for nearly an hour. Russian nuclear bombers almost bump wingtips with American fighter jets over the Pacific coast. North Korea detonates nuclear weapons underground. Iran’s nuclear shroud is penetrated by a computer worm. Al-Qaeda goes on the hunt for Pakistan’s bomb, and Israelis debate the merit of a preemptive nuclear strike. Treaties are signed, but thousands of nuclear weapons are still on hair-trigger alert.

This is how the end begins.

In this startling new book, bestselling author Ron Rosenbaum gives us a wake-up call about this new age of peril and delivers a provocative analysis of how close—and how often—the world has come to nuclear annihilation and why we are once again on the brink.

Rosenbaum tracks down key characters in our new nuclear drama and probes deeply into their war game strategies, fears, and moral agonies. He travels to Omaha’s underground nuclear command center, goes deep into the missile silo complexes beneath the Great Plains, and holds in his hands a set of nuclear launch keys.

Along the way, Rosenbaum confronts the missile men as well as the general at the very top of our nation’s nuclear command system with tough questions about the terrifying assumptions underlying it. He reveals disturbing flaws in our nuclear launch control system, suggests remedies for them, shows how the old Cold War system of bipolar deterrence has become dangerously unstable, and examines the new movement for nuclear abolition.

Having explored the depths of Hitler’s evil and the intense emotion of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Rosenbaum now has produced a powerful, urgently needed work that challenges us: Can we undream our nightmare?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439190074
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 456,841
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Ron Rosenbaum is the bestselling author of Explaining Hitler and The Shakespeare Wars and has written or edited six other books. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He writes a column for Slate and lives in New York City.

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How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does a good job at explaining in depth the chances of WW3 to start in past occurrences and warns the readers what could be in the future not only in the U.S. but the whole world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rosenbaum makes some salient points regarding the hair-trigger condition of potential nuclear holocaust. He gets a bit wordy in who said what to whom, and what did they really mean in that statement, etc, but his point is well taken. The world is very close to self destruction. Again... sobering. very sobering.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has many improbable scenerios and sounds entirely fictional and if you want too warn someone about a nuclear war scenerio, talk about Iran's nuclear programs or North Koreas missile testing over the past few weeks.
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Sir_George More than 1 year ago
You'd expect this book to come out of Tom Clancy fiction at the least. The author "predicts" the end of times by igniting a nuclear war through the most improbable and illogical happenings and then deepens the war by having major powers take even more illogical approaches to the matter. This is almost like reading bad fiction to say the least, I respected this authors' work on Hitler, but this book was poorly thought out and it lacks a ton of research, especially when he describes the "flaws" of nuclear systems.
Reader1793 More than 1 year ago
sounds cool...