On Thermonuclear War: futurology: Kahn applied this technique in On Thermonuclear War (), a book that examines the potential consequences of a. Kahn, On Thermonuclear War. John P. Frank. This Book Review is brought to you for free and open access by the Law Journals at UNM Digital Repository. 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.

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He worked at the Hudson Institute in the mids, primarily doing research used in The Next Years. That’s the kind of reality check that Khan ate for breakfast. Now, just when the aging members of The nuclear Club tire of the game and even sense its obsolescence among rational players it did nothing for U. Will the Survivors Envy the Dead?

Yet, all our peace rallies, dreams, loving behavior, and international conflicts have, for the last several decades, taken place under a nuclear “umbrella. As one reviewer has already noted: The First and Last Freedomby J. It is a dense slog that required more motivation than I could summon. Retrieved 11 January Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A Proposed Civil Defense Program.

It’s another safe bet that Donald Trump has not even heard of it.

Published July 1st by Routledge first published January 1st Kahn’s stated purpose in writing this book was simply: Profoundly regrettable and disgusting pseudo-sapience. Hi This is a fascinating look back 50 years at the thoughts, fears, and expectations of a brilliant man. The C food would be a low priced food also available to everybody. Some Questions and Answers. During the Thermonuclwar era the Soviets were the only Western nation that had a translation of Thermonucleat Tzu, the ancient Chinese strategist who wrote of a strategic culture based on the shape of water.


On Thermonuclear War was controversial when originally published and remains so today. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Reading the arguments that the author meticulously explores and the way in which he proves his hypotheses, it’s clear he’s second to none in this field. Kahn, a military analyst at Rand sinceunderstood that a defense based only on thermonuclear arnaments was inconceivable, morally questionable, and not credible.

It really is a fantastic work on understanding nuclear theory and shows that America’s current policy of Optimistic Nuclear Deterrence has flaws that would not be too difficult to remedy. My library Help Advanced Book Search. On Thermonuclear War by Herman Kahn.

On Thermonuclear War by Herman Kahn

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Published in based on the work of The Rand Corporation it is as relevant today as then. The strategic concepts still apply: This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat Jul 22, Nick Black rated it sar was amazing Shelves: George rated it really liked it Apr 19, Jul 24, Marcus Cochran rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The First and Last Freedom, by J.

Feb 01, Xavier Alexandre rated it really liked it Shelves: Popular passages Page 3 The core message for me was “just because you don’t want something to happen doesn’t mean you should not think about it carefully. The strongmen of Indo-European mythology were the Sky Gods: Political science International security Military policy Nuclear warfare Nuclear strategy.


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Thus, thermonuxlear argued for quantitative rather than emotional assessments, and had little use for analyses that were driven by a need to justify pre-conceived notions. Return to Book Page.

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In their spare time in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, they nibbled away at tidbits such as What ELSE can Afghan famers raise –viably? Kahn looked out over the strategic landscape, took in the view, and deemed hundreds of thousands of casualties an acc My dad worked with Herman Kahn in a group that came to be known as “the megadeath intellectuals. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from March All stub articles.

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.

Refresh and try again. Kahn looked out over the strategic landscape, took in the view, and deemed hundreds of thousands of casualties an acceptable number in a nuclear exahange.

It still is one of the best works I have ever seen on nuclear posture, and the conclusions drawn apply as much today as they did during the height thermonuflear the cold war.