On Thermonuclear War has 97 ratings and 19 reviews. James said: Herman Kahn was the ringleader of a group that came to be known as the megadeath intelle. On Thermonuclear War was controversial when originally published and Kahn’s stated purpose in writing this book was simply: “avoiding. While the former conclusion is the more generous, the latter is the more flattering. HERMAN KAHN ON THERMONUCLEAR WAR: WHAT PRICE SURVIVAL?.

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Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy summed up the logic by which every religions goes to war, in the following joke: Feb 01, Xavier Alexandre rated it really liked it Shelves: It is easy for us to read Kahn and feel self-righteous. How does the US prevent nuclear war? Members of every faith have, for millenia, spoken of peace and brotherhood. Profoundly regrettable and Malefic, impudent, unconscionable consequentialist extremism mocks Eisenhower, preaches preemptive and systematic circumvention of pacifistic foolish, naive as opposed kan warmongering responsible, realistic routes, and advocates the use of thermonculear and force and the expansion and entrenchment of a concomitantly autonomous, sovereign state-military-industrial complex as the only reasonable solution to contentious geopolitical relationships with fellow nuclear states.


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Kahn published a page tome called “On Thermonuclear War,” khan sold 30, copies in hardcover. Maxwell Elliott rated it it was amazing May 18, Lists with This Book. To which I add, Suggested Antidote: This group of men woke up in the morning, looked in the mirror, and saw one fundamental fact: This is a dense and weighty book that examines its subject in great detail.

As one reviewer has already noted: Indeed, the folder that General Turgidson holds while reading a report on projected nuclear war casualties is titled “Global Targets in Megadeaths”. Some Questions and Answers. The Cold War is over, but the nuclear genie is out of the bottle, and the lessons and principles developed in On Thermonuclear War apply as much to today’s China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea as they did to the Soviets.

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Many true believers of every faith are caught up in the same logic. Far from removing the stigma or taboo of conducting a nuclear war Herman Kahn stresses that a thermonuclear war would be a catastrophe on an unprecedented scale, but that it would not, as Deterrence adherents believe, be the ultimate end of the world as we know it.

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Kahn, a military analyst at Rand sinceunderstood that a defense based only on thermonuclear arnaments was inconceivable, morally questionable, and not credible. Kahn looked out over the strategic landscape, took in the view, and deemed hundreds of thousands of casualties an acc My dad worked with Herman Kahn in a group that came to be known as “the megadeath intellectuals.


Much of the movie Dr Strangelove comes straight out of this tome.

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Apr 24, Jeff Campbell rated it really liked it. As some reviewers have noted, not much has changed in the logic of this heeman since the 50s. Steve Mathews rated it liked it Jan 03,