Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation Since 1945


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.6 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

Rodric Braithwaite is former British Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Russian Federation. His previous works include Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War and Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan.


"Rodric Braithwaite has produced a masterly history of the nuclear age just in time, since its dangers are back with a vengeance. Our leaders must take the lessons in this meticulous and revelatory narrative, and all readers will find riveting tales of close calls and vivid portraits of heroes, villains, and fools. As a distinguished diplomat and policymaker, Braithwaite knows the terrain and brings its inhabitants to life. While he has given all of us a fresh perspective of the past, he has also provided a crucial primer for younger generations who missed the confrontations of the cold war but seemed destined to live-and hope to survive-in a regressive and dangerous future." -- Strobe Talbott, Brookings Institution

"This book is an extraordinary inquiry into the nuclear age. Rodric Braithwaite examines not only the danger of these terrible weapons, but also the mindset of scientists, soldiers and politicians who held the fate of the world in their hands. For any reader who has ever wondered, 'what were they thinking?'-Braithwaite has provided a history that is brilliant and deeply disturbing." -- David E. Hoffman, author of The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy

"Sir Rodric Braithwaite's Armageddon and Paranoia is a timely reminder that the threat of nuclear Armageddon did not end when the Cold War did. His account of the development of nuclear weapons, their effect on military strategy, diplomacy, and domestic politics is enlivened and humanized by descriptions of the individual scientists, soldiers, and statesmen who dealt with the issue. It provides absorbing reading for concerned citizens who seek a better understanding of the dangers and dilemmas nuclear weapons have created for political leaders." -Jack F. Matlock, Jr., author of Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended