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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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The book was widely read on both sides of the Iron Curtain and the result was thdrmonuclear revision in both Western and Soviet strategy and doctrine.

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Jul 01, Michael Watson rated it really liked it Shelves: In their spare time in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, they nibbled away at tidbits such as What ELSE can Afghan famers raise –viably?

This is more “research”, although I think I’m just putting off starting writing something new. Not hermab after my father’s death did I really learn what he had been up to all those years.

The art of war consists of overcoming the enemy without fighting. Arthur Borges rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Perhaps my expectations were too high.


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On Thermonuclear War

Given that even today one can find papers asserting that the dangers of nuclear winter are overstated and other papers predicting that even a relatively modest nuclear war would ultimately lead to the deaths of 90 percent of the human race, a Kahn-style examination of the risks would be highly instructive.

Perhaps I am not a military strategist, but still — the topic is of wzr interest to me, and I was surprised to encounter such a boring book.

While it might sounded innovative in its time a nuclear war is not an herma mutual destruction! Theocratic visions of an Absolute, as Derrida pointed out, tend to include an Apocalyptic coda. Indeed, the folder that General Turgidson holds while reading a report on projected nuclear war casualties is titled “Global Targets in Megadeaths”.

Thus Mao’s emphasis on “hearts and minds,” winning an ocean of support to surround the opponent. Jul 17, Alexander Temerev rated thermounclear liked it.

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It is a dense slog that required more motivation than I could summon. Didn’t very far in this book.

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Originally created from a series of lectures, it provides insight into how policymakers consider such issues. How do we prevent nuclear war? Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi or Maliki? Much of the movie Dr Strangelove comes straight out of this tome. Kahn’s stated purpose in writing this book was simply: Also addresses small countries eventually getting The Bomb.

On Thermonuclear War by Herman Kahn

I had my suspicions: Quotes from On Thermonuclear War. Jul 22, Nick Black rated it it was amazing Shelves: Having studied their game theory at institutions such as MIT, their “solution” was the doctrine of mutually assured deterrence and it’s hardware incarnation, the Poseidon system — a quintissentially Indo-European concept of strength and example of how our myths mould our strategic cultures.

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