The Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War 1st Edition

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Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi

Year 2005
Pages 432
Publisher Harvard University Press
Language en
ISBN 9780674017146
File Size 1.16 MB
File Format PDF
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Herman Kahn was the only nuclear strategist in America who might have made a living as a standup comedian. Indeed, galumphing around stages across the country, joking his way through one grotesque thermonuclear scenario after another, he came frighteningly close. In telling the story of Herman Kahn, whose 1960 book On Thermonuclear War catapulted him into celebrity, Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi captures an era that is still very much with us--a time whose innocence, gruesome nuclear humor, and outrageous but deadly serious visions of annihilation have their echoes in the "known unknowns and unknown unknowns" that guide policymakers in our own embattled world.