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Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation Since 1945
Contributor(s): Braithwaite, Rodric (Author)

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ISBN: 019087029X     ISBN-13: 9780190870294
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2018
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- History | Military - Nuclear Warfare
- History | Modern - 21st Century
- History | Military - Wars & Conflicts (other)
Dewey: 355.021
LCCN: 2017276619
Physical Information: 1.6" H x 6.4" W x 9.4" (1.85 lbs) 512 pages
- Chronological Period - 21st Century
- Chronological Period - 1940's
- Chronological Period - 1950-1999
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Former British Ambassador to the Soviet Union and author of the definitive account of the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Sir Rodric Braithwaite offers here a tour d'horizon of nuclear policy from the end of World War II and start of the Cold War to the present day. Armageddon
and Paranoia unfolds the full history of nuclear weapons that began with the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union and now extends worldwide. For decades, an apocalypse seemed imminent, staved off only by the certainty that if one side launched these missiles the other would
launch an equally catastrophic counterstrike. This method of avoiding all-out nuclear warfare was called Deterrence, a policy of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Still, though neither side actively wanted to plunge the world into nuclear wasteland, the possibility of war by misjudgment or
mistake meant fears could never be entirely assuaged.

Both an exploration of Deterrence and the long history of superpower nuclear policy, Armageddon and Paranoia comes at a time when tensions surrounding nuclear armament have begun mounting once more. No book until this one has offered so comprehensive a history of the topic that has guided--at times
dominated--the world in which we live.

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