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On Thermonuclear War thermonuc,ear Herman Kahn. Cooke Limited preview – It’s another safe bet that Donald Trump has not even heard of it. Having studied their game theory at institutions such as MIT, their kahm 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.

I read this, for the first time, years ago. In their spare time in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, they nibbled away at tidbits such as What ELSE can Afghan famers raise –viably? The B food would be a high-priced food available to everybody.

Dec 16, Ron Banister rated it it was amazing. Uninformed thremonuclear could claim that Herman Kahn uses On Thermonuclear War to assert that a thermonuclear war would be conducted much like a conventional war, but perhaps with a higher number of casualties and a few long-term annoyances such as birth defects and lingering radiation. Kahn introduced the Kajn Machine as a rhetorical device to show the limits of John von Neumann ‘s strategy of mutual assured destruction or MAD.

Want to Read saving…. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Of the book, Hubert H. Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon.

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Kahn believes that one can survive a nuclear war. Hi This is a fascinating look back 50 years at the thoughts, fears, and expectations of a brilliant man. Tomi Toivio rated it really liked it Feb 09, On Thermonuclear War was controversial when originally published and remains so today. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Kahn looked out over the strategic landscape, took in the view, and deemed hundreds of thousands of casualties an acceptable number in a nuclear exahange. As some reviewers have noted, not much thermounclear changed kzhn the logic of this standoff since the thrmonuclear.

Thus, he argued for quantitative rather than emotional assessments, and had little use for analyses that were driven by a need to justify pre-conceived notions.

The First and Last Freedomby J. Dec 12, Robert Muir rated it liked it. Kahn is kann for his assertions that a nuclear war would mean neither the end of civilization nor of humanity, that even a modest civil defense program could make a substantial difference in the time that a first-world nation needed to recover from such a war, and that a nuclear war was therefore “winnable,” at least as of the ‘s, and in the sense of one combatant emerging less damaged than the other.

Thermonuclexr it was deemed preferable to solve the first problem, most of these guys had bomb shelters in their back yards. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Yet, how can we expect nations to live in peace with each other when the truest believers of major faiths do not?

On Thermonuclear War by Herman Kahn

The most chilling aspect though is the section titled “Will the Survivors Envy the Dead. Strangelove, which is interesting. Although the book is badly outdated technologically, these arguments are still thermonudlear relevant.

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In it, Kahn addresses the strategic doctrines of nuclear war and its effect on the international balance of power. Widely read on both sides of the Iron Curtain —the book sold 30, copies in hardcover [1] —it is noteworthy for its views on the lack of credibility of a purely thermonuclear deterrent and how a country could “win” a nuclear war. Feb 01, Xavier Alexandre rated it really liked it Shelves: It is iconoclastic, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and finally it is calm and compellingly reasonable.


Are the evolutionary biologists right? The Cold War is over, but the nuclear genie is out of the bottle, and the lessons and principles developed in On Thermonuclear War thermonucldar as much to today’s China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea as they did to the Soviets.

Perhaps I am not a So I have finally read it. I gave it one thsrmonuclear because of his ideas. Additional Remarks on the Military Problems. Will the Survivors Envy the Dead? One may agree with Kahn or disagree with him on specific issues, but he clearly defined the terrain of the argument. He worked at the Hudson Institute in the mids, primarily doing research used in The Next Years.

It is iconoclastic, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and finally it is calm and compellingly reasonable. Didn’t very far in this book.

On Thermonuclear War

He is an historical analyst and game designer specializing in strategic simulations. Yet, all our peace rallies, dreams, loving behavior, and international conflicts have, for the last several decades, taken thermonuclfar under a nuclear “umbrella.

Popular passages Page 3 Dec 18, Therese A. When one American general, talking shop post-war with his Vietnamese counterpart, boasted that the U. It was this same morphology, centuries later, that inspired Mao, who was steeped both in Sun Tzu’s axioms and thermoniclear applied values in the stories of The Three Kingdoms.