Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis


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Knopf Publishing Group
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.7 inches | 2.2 pounds

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About the Author

MARTIN J. SHERWIN, George Mason University Professor of History, is the author of A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies, winner of the Stuart L. Bernath and the American History Book prizes, and the coauthor, with Kai Bird, of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2006. He and his wife live in Washington, DC, and Colorado.


"A thrilling read . . . This book takes us as close as we will ever get to the people whose judgments or insights determined the fate of 200 million people in a nuclear war." --Thomas Leonard, Professor of History of Journalism, and Librarian, University of California, Berkeley, emeritus

"A great achievement that should generate intense discussion not only about what now appears to be the dim past, but also about the kinds of people we now entrust our survival to . . . I found myself (almost) wondering if the world would in fact be destroyed, and was quite relieved when the answer was no . . . A remarkably good book in every way." --Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas at Austin

"Evocative, compelling, interpretive . . . a tour de force. Sherwin makes the crisis so vivid. He clarifies beautifully what was happening meeting by meeting, what were the options, what were the ambiguities . . . Far and away the best book on the crisis." --Melvyn Leffler, Edward Stettinius Professor of History Emeritus, University of Virginia

"Prodigious research, terrific writing, wonderful vignettes. and clever images . . . The story is compelling from the very beginning, with Truman at Potsdam . . . Sherwin's personal involvement is there in just the right dose and right tone." --Janet Lowenthal, Tzedek DC