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How the End Begins The president loses control of fifty nukes for nearly an hour Russian nuclear bombers almost bump wingtips with American fighter jets over the Pacific coast North Korea detonates nuclear weapons underground Iran s nuclear shroud is penetrated by a computer worm Al Qaeda goes on the hunt for Pakistan s bomb, and Israelis debate the merit of a preemptive nuclear strike Treaties are signed, but thousands of nuclear weapons are still on hair trigger alert.This is how the end begins.In this startling new book, bestselling author Ron Rosenbaum gives us a wake up call about this new age of peril and delivers a provocative analysis of how close and how often the world has come to nuclear annihilation and why we are once again on the brink.Rosenbaum tracks down key characters in our new nuclear drama and probes deeply into their war game strategies, fears, and moral agonies He travels to Omaha s underground nuclear command center, goes deep into the missile silo complexes beneath the Great Plains, and holds in his hands a set of nuclear launch keys.Along the way, Rosenbaum confronts the missile men as well as the general at the very top of our nation s nuclear command system with tough questions about the terrifying assumptions underlying it He reveals disturbing flaws in our nuclear launch control system, suggests remedies for them, shows how the old Cold War system of bipolar deterrence has become dangerously unstable, and examines the new movement for nuclear abolition.Having explored the depths of Hitler s evil and the intense emotion of Shakespeare s tragedies, Rosenbaum now has produced a powerful, urgently needed work that challenges us Can we undream our nightmare Free Read [ How the End Begins ] By [ Ron Rosenbaum ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. When you read about the potentialities involved in a nuclear war, you go down a rabbit hole The things you learn about this terrifying and paradoxical world compel you to find another source, and then another, and then another I discovered this after reading Michael Dobbs s book on the Cuban Missile Crisis, One Minute to Midnight It struck me how many different moving parts were involved, and how close we came to some of those parts malfunctioning In writing about the Crisis, most of the att When you read about the potentialities involved in a nuclear war, you go down a rabbit hole The things you learn about this terrifying and paradoxical world compel you to find another source, and then another, and then another I discovered this after reading Michael Dobbs s book on the Cuban Missile Crisis, One Minute to Midnight It struck me how many different moving parts were involved, and how close we came to some of those parts malfunctioning In writing about the Crisis, most of the attention is given to the world leaders, Kennedy and Khrushchev, both of whose restraint led to a peaceful stand down Less attention is paid to the American spy plane pilot who went off course and drove over Russian airspace or the Russian sub commander who decided to aim a nuclear tipped warhead at an American vessel or the mid range nukes that were hauled to the outskirts of Guantanamo Bay...

  2. How the End Begins is both fascinating and frightening Many people seem to think that the threat of a nuclear holocaust ended with the fall of the Soviet Union and dissolution of the Communist regimes in the former Warsaw Pact states Those people are completely wrong, and Ron Rosenbaum shows why in How the End Begins.In fact, in 1995, a nuclear strike was barely averted the US had launched a scientific rocket for study of the aurora borealis the northern lights in Norway The US had advised How the End Begins is both fascinating and frightening Many people seem to think that the threat of a nuclear holocaust ended with the fall of the Soviet Union and dissolution of the Communist regimes in the former Warsaw Pact states Thos...

  3. There are a lot of books on the climate change,population explosion or other environement crises that put the whole planet on danger,but are few on other global forgotten but greater danger the nuclear war,a danger that has the power ofwholly exterminate the human race and cause a planet global damage similar to the dinosaur extintion event nuclear winter.This book remember us that the end of the cold war has not bring significative changes in the level of danger of a unexpected nuclear war,on There are a lot of books on the climate change,population explosion or other environement crises that put the whole planet on danger,but are few on other global forgotten but greater danger the nuclear war,a danger that has the power ofwholly exterminate the human race and cause a planet global damage similar to the dinosaur extintion event nuclear winter.This book remember us that the end of the cold war has not bring significative changes in the level of danger of a unexpected nuclear war,on the contrary,the danger is greater now in achaotic multipolar world with hot spots Crimea,Ucrania,Baltic Sea,Sout China Sea,Pakistan india,North Korea,Israel Iran.The author tells two examples of close calls post cold war the syrian nuclear reactor destruction by Israel in...

  4. What a tough book to review, it investigates the paradox of post Cold War high alert command and control of nuclear weapons in a rapidly changing world that is no longer a dyadic deterrent situation but a multi polar, non state, sometimes martyr driven, horizontally proliferated array of flash points.Further, Rosenbaum tries to get to the heart of how you can talk about the reduction of volume of warheads, and or utility in retaliating without undermining the very deterrent threat of being beli What a tough book to review, it investigates the paradox of post Cold War high alert command and control of nuclear weapons in a rapidly changing world that is no longer a dyadic deterrent situation but a multi polar, non state, sometimes martyr driven, horizontally ...

  5. Those who know me best know that I ve had a profound interest in the subject of nuclear proliferation dating back to high school, having written term papers on the matter and following it closely since Also, as a Cold War geek , the topic and concept of mutually assured destruction has always been of interest to ...

  6. An excellent reminder of the ultimate consequence mankind would assume in its almost senseless search for power over others and a very good compilation of the times the price was close to be paid, only stopped by other series of fort...

  7. Actual rating 3.0 for content, 2.0 for editing.Ron Rosenbaum tips his hand very early in this book about the current state of nuclear weapons and the threat that they might still, despite the reduction in tensions between major powers, be used on page 20 or so, without explanation or clarification, he labels the classic movie On the Beach nuke porn Rosenbaum is strongly no nuke, but who can blame him His book pretty much explodes the story our betters tell us about the nuclear arsenal tha Actual rating 3.0 for content, 2.0 for editing.Ron Rosenbaum tips his hand very early in this book about the current state of nuclear weapons and the threat that they might still, despite the reduction in tensions between major powers, be used on page 20 or so, without ex...

  8. Nuclear weapons are a tool of genocide Come global thermonuclear war, humanity will probably survive, and rebuild the civilization decades or centuries later future historians will regard the world leaders who ordered to launch the missiles as the greatest villains in history,evil than Adolf Hitler The officers responsible for actually turning the launch keys are not sociopaths Rosenbaum interviews one, and gets the impression that should the launch order come, he will disobey it, as h Nuclear weapons are a tool of genocide Come global thermonuclear war, humanity will probably survive, and rebuild the civilization decades or centuries later future historians will regard the world leaders who ordered to launch the missiles as the greatest villains in history,evil than Adolf Hitler The officers responsible for actually turning the launch ...

  9. SELF INDULGENT AND JUVENILEThe book raises some interesting and thought provoking questions, but that s about the only positive.On the negative side, it s extremely self indulgent The author increasingly inserts himself as the book goes on This practice is distracting at best, and unprofessional at worst It turns the book into simply a collection of Ron Rosenbaum s meanderings.Muchseriously, though, Rosenbaum frequently resorts to juvenile language and embarrassingly bad literary techni SELF INDULGENT AND JUVENILEThe book raises some interesting and thought provoking questions, but that s about the only positive.On the negative side, it s extremely self indulgent The author increasingly inserts himself as the book goes on This practice is distracting at best, and unprofessional at worst It turns the book into simply a collection of Ron Rosenbaum s meanderings.Muchseriously, though, Rosenbaum frequently resorts to juvenile language and embarrassingly bad literary techniques For example the film Dr Strangelove is mentioned on virtually every page of the book the goofy and often misapplied and inappropriate term nuke porn is usedtimes than I could count the word obsessed is used repeatedly to describe the interest any person in the book takes in any subject after people are quoted, Rosenbaum often follows up by writing Seriously , which isappropriate for a junior high school newspaper than for a supposedly scholarly analysis Etc.Finally,...

  10. People who get freaked out too much by these topics avoid this book Having the background story about that Nuke possibly pointed in your direction is not very good night time reading material And if possible mental problems that do or could arise upon reading How The End Begins is beyond both my as a reviewer and the Author s control So, read at own risk.Well researched Well written Brings a reminder to the reader that these weapons are still out there Too many And with each passing People who get freaked out too much by these topics avoid this book Having the background story about that Nuke possibly pointed in your direction is not very good night time reading mater...