The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States: A Speculative Novel

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States: A Speculative Novel

by Jeffrey Lewis

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“A brilliantly conceived page-turner.”—Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Command and Control

“I couldn’t put the book down, reading most of it in the course of one increasingly intense evening. If fear of nuclear war is going to keep you up at night, at least it can be a page-turner.”
New Scientist

America lost 1.4 million citizens in the North Korean attacks of March 2020. This is the final, authorized report of the government commission charged with investigating the calamity.

“The skies over the Korean Peninsula on March 21, 2020, were clear and blue.” So begins this sobering report on the findings of the Commission on the Nuclear Attacks against the United States, established by law by Congress and President Donald J. Trump to investigate the horrific events of the next three days. An independent, bipartisan panel led by nuclear expert Jeffrey Lewis, the commission was charged with finding and reporting the relevant facts, investigating how the nuclear war began, and determining whether our government was adequately prepared for combating a nuclear adversary and safeguarding U.S. citizens. Did President Trump and his advisers understand North Korean views about nuclear weapons? Did they appreciate the dangers of provoking the country’s ruler with social media posts and military exercises? Did the tragic milestones of that fateful month—North Korea's accidental shoot-down of Air Busan flight 411, the retaliatory strike by South Korea, and the tweet that triggered vastly more carnage—inevitably lead to war? Or did America’s leaders have the opportunity to avert the greatest calamity in the history of our nation?

Answering these questions will not bring back the lives lost in March 2020. It will not rebuild New York, Washington, or the other cities reduced to rubble. But at the very least, it might prevent a tragedy of this magnitude from occurring again. It is this hope, more than any other, that inspired The 2020 Commission Report.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328573926
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 304,905
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Jeffrey Lewis, PhD is a columnist for Foreign Policy, a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a research affiliate at the Stanford University Center for Security and International Cooperation. He previously worked for the Department of Defense. Also a former director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation and former executive director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, he is currently the publisher of, the leading blog on disarmament, arms control, and nonproliferation. In addition to hosting the Arms Control Wonk podcast, he was profiled on This American Life, and has written for TheNew York TimesThe Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. 

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Claimsman More than 1 year ago
A gripping read, all the scarier as the scenario is certainly plausible. I find it hard to read much more than a chapter at a time as the possible events portrayed are quite haunting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this to anyone. It's reminiscent of Fate of the Earth, or Ground Zero, books from the Cold War era, which were non-fiction considerations of the effects of nuclear war. This, however, is a researched "how it could happen", and the commission report format (which includes references to very recent events) just makes it all the more chilling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop telling my friends about this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick and easy read. I recommend this to anyone interested in contemporary US foreign policy or nuclear weapons. A well thought out, frighteningly realistic scenario is described in this book. It left me with both a sense of both foreboding as well as curiosity.