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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Dec 18, Therese A. Sun Tzu’s highest principle was that the art of war does not consist of fighting a hundred battles and winning a hundred battles. The book was widely read on both sides of the Iron Curtain and the result was serious revision in both Western and Soviet strategy and doctrine. Kahn’s stated purpose in writing this book was simply: This A cursory reading of On Thermonuclear War may lead a reader to believe that Herman Kahn is suggesting that thermonuclear war is not quite the significant event that other theorists and planners have portrayed it.
Jul 22, Nick Black rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a result, both sides were better able to avoid disaster during the Cold War. Yet, the Megadeath are tacitly ruled by their deities.
I gave it one star because of his ideas. Open Preview See a Problem? Perhaps I am not a So I have finally read it. 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. Apr 28, Adrian Calaciu rated it it was amazing.
Political science International security Military policy Nuclear warfare Nuclear strategy. I guess if you are interested in the thinking of a highly intelligent person who believes society can survive a nuclear war, you should read this book.
How does the US prevent nuclear war? Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy summed up the logic by which every religions goes to war, in the following joke: Beyond these ideas, he also develops a kind of taxonomy of the different kinds of deterrence, and elaborates the implications of each at great length.
On Thermonuclear War
This book was written when thermonuclear kwhn looked quite likely beforeand suggests various ways to survive this period, the main one being arms agreements with Soviet Union, which was subsequently done. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
He is an historical analyst and game designer specializing in strategic simulations. 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.
We remain entrapped in a Prisoner’s Dilemma psychology. The book was widely read on both sides of the Iron Curtain and the result was serious revision in both Western and Soviet strategy and doctrine.
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 thermonucllear group that came to be known as “the megadeath intellectuals. A cursory reading of On Thermonuclear War may lead a reader to believe that Herman Kahn is suggesting that thermonuclear war is not quite the significant event that other theorists and planners thermomuclear portrayed it.
Return to Book Page. All our peace rallies, psychedelic fantasies, loving behavior, and international conflicts have, for the last several decades, taken place under a nuclear “umbrella. The strategic concepts still apply: During the Kahn era the Soviets were the only Western nation that had a translation of Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese strategist who wrote of a strategic culture based on thermonucleaf shape of water.
Kahn’s seminal work on nuclear strategy. Kahn looked out over the strategic landscape, took in the view, and deemed hundreds of thousands of casualties an acceptable hermxn in a nuclear exahange. VIII, considering potential future weapons and science developments.
My dad worked with Herman Kahn in a group that came to be known as “the megadeath intellectuals.
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Mark Keogh rated it it was amazing Dec 07, Proposal for a War Damage Equalization Corporation. Strategy and tactics were fluid as water, avoiding direct confrontation. If we cannot prevent nuclear war, how do we “win” it?
Overall enjoyed the strategy.