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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Although it was deemed preferable to the settle things at the Question 1 level, most of these guys had bomb shelters in their back yards. Yet, how can we expect nations to live in peace with each other nerman the truest believers of major faiths do not? This is more “research”, although I think I’m just putting off starting writing something new.

Yet, they have never really taken a hard look at belief itself, with its inherent proclivity for producing conflict. Quotes from On Thermonuclear War. Feb 01, Xavier Alexandre rated it really liked it Shelves: Kahn hermah remembered 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 e Kahn’s seminal work therjonuclear nuclear strategy.


On Thermonuclear War

It is iconoclastic, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and finally it is calm and compellingly reasonable. Travis rated it it was amazing Apr 28, The strategic concepts still apply: Tomi Toivio rated it really liked it Feb 09, It’s another safe bet that Donald Trump has not even heard of it.

Strangelove was arguably based on Herman Kahn.

Strategy and tactics were fluid as water, avoiding direct confrontation. A Proposed Civil Defense Program.

On Thermonuclear War by Herman Kahn

As some reviewers have noted, not much has changed in the logic of this standoff since the 50s. These estimates will include the type of facilities needed and available for the production, processing, storage and oj of petroleum and petroleum products.

Steve Mathews rated it liked it Jan 03, 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 the shape of water.

Theocratic visions of an Absolute, as Derrida pointed out, tend to include an Apocalyptic coda.

The book was widely read on both sides of the Iron Curtain and the result was serious revision in both Western The First and Last Freedomby J. Members of every faith have, for millennia, spoken of peace and brotherhood. Interesting premise; albeit rather dark. Kahn’s seminal work on nuclear strategy. Books by Herman Kahn.

Published in based on the work of The Rand Corporation it is as relevant today as then. Arthur Borges rated it it thermonucleear amazing Mar 30, Not really true, but by far the optimum way to win. View all 4 comments. The art of war consists of overcoming the enemy without fighting. He covers the “unthinkable” and urged the US to plan for nerman wars, considering the awful possibilities that were and are hard to image.


Given that even today one can find thermonuuclear 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.

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The strongmen of Indo-European mythology were the Sky Gods: Kahn believes that one can survive a nuclear war. Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy summed up the logic by which every religions goes to war, in the following joke: All our peace rallies, psychedelic fantasies, loving behavior, and international conflicts have, for the last several decades, taken place under a nuclear “umbrella. 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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Perhaps my expectations were too high.