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Author Quester, George H.

Title Nuclear first strike : consequences of a broken taboo / George H. Quester
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (159 pages)
Contents Considering the consequences of nuclear weapons use -- Some scenarios of nuclear escalation -- Likely world reactions -- Likely American popular reactions -- Appropriate United States policy responses -- Some final observations
Summary This provocative and timely work examines various scenarios in which the deployment of nuclear weapons could occur, the probable consequences of such an escalation, the likely world reactions, and the plausible policy ramifications. Rather than projecting the physical damage that would result from nuclear attacks, George H. Quester offers an exploration of the political, psychological, and social aftermath of nuclear conflict. The prospect of nuclear attack & mdash;sixty years after atomic bombs destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki & mdash;is difficult to confront on many levels. We may avoid the discussion for emotional reasons, for fear of generating a self-confirming hypothesis, or simply because of the general "nuclear taboo." But there are also self-denying propositions to be harnessed here: if the world gives some advance thought to how nuclear weapons might be used again, such attacks may be headed off. If the world avoids nuclear weapons use until the year 2045, it will be able to celebrate one hundred years of nuclear concord. Quester suggests that this may be achieved through the careful consideration of possible nuclear deployment scenarios and their consequences. In this insightful analysis, he provides a starting point for informed and focused reflection and preparation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject First strike (Nuclear strategy)
Military policy.
Nuclear warfare.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005012138
ISBN 0801882842 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0801882850 (paperback; alk. paper)
0801889197 (electronic bk.)
9780801882845 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780801882852 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780801889196 (electronic bk.)