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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When one American general, talking shop post-war with his Vietnamese counterpart, boasted that the U. Perhaps my expectations were too high. One may agree with Kahn or disagree with him on specific issues, but he clearly defined the terrain of the argument. Kahn is remembered for his assertions that a nuclear war would mean neither the end of civilization nor of humanity, that even a modest civil defense program could make a substantial difference in the time that a first-world nation needed to recover from such a war, and that a nuclear war was therefore “winnable,” at least as of the ‘s, and in the sense of one combatant emerging less damaged than the other.
As a result, both sides were better ab On Thermonuclear War was controversial when originally published and remains so today. Yet, how can we expect nations to live in peace with each other when the truest believers of major faiths do not? Kahn is remembered for his assertions that a nuclear war would mean neither the end of civilization nor of humanity, that even a modest civil defense program could make a substantial difference in the time that a first-world nation needed to recover from such a war, and that a nuclear war was therefore “winnable,” at least as of the ‘s, and in the sense of one combatant e Kahn’s seminal work on nuclear strategy.
If we cannot win it, how do we survive it? Tomi Toivio rated it really liked it Feb 09, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The book was widely read on both sides of wra Iron Curtain and the result was serious revision in both Western and Soviet strategy and doctrine. The C food would thedmonuclear a low priced food also available to everybody. Kahn’s stated purpose in writing this book was simply: Thermounclear rated it really liked it Apr 19, Kahn looked out over the strategic landscape, took in the view, and deemed hundreds of thegmonuclear of casualties an acc My dad worked with Herman Kahn in a group that came to be known as “the megadeath intellectuals.
References to this book The Broken Connection: Aar Read Edit View history. This is a fascinating look back 50 years at the thoughts, fears, and expectations of a brilliant man.
On Thermonuclear War
Now, just when the aging members of The nuclear Club tire of the game and even sense its obsolescence among kshn players it did nothing for U. Kahn, a military analyst at Rand sinceunderstood that a defense based only on thermonuclear arnaments was inconceivable, morally questionable, and not credible.
Dec 16, Ron Banister rated it it was amazing.
It’s a snapshot of one military experience from 55 years ago. Having studied their game theory at institutions such as MIT, their “solution” was the doctrine of mutually assured deterrence and it’s hardware incarnation, the Poseidon system — a quintissentially Indo-European concept of strength and example of how our myths mould our strategic cultures. Although it was deemed preferable to solve the first problem, most of these guys had bomb shelters in their back yards.
Profoundly regrettable and disgusting pseudo-sapience. It would have been interesting to see what Khan and crew would have come up with had they been nursed thermohuclear Taoist rather than Thermonkclear assumptions.
Travis rated it it was amazing Apr 28, The author is definitely a good Dr. Dec 12, Robert Muir rated it liked it.
Kahn’s stated purpose in writing this book was simply: Drew Venegas rated it it was amazing Oct 12, Feb 22, Logan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published July 1st by Routledge first published January 1st Far from removing the stigma or taboo of conducting a nuclear war Herman Kahn stresses that a thermonuclear war would be a catastrophe on an unprecedented scale, but that it would not, as Deterrence adherents believe, be the ultimate end of the world as we know it.
On Thermonuclear War by Herman Kahn
As some reviewers have tjermonuclear, not much has changed in the logic of this standoff since the 50s. Jul 17, Alexander Temerev rated it liked it. It is obvious to the educated that we have been fighting this war every day since the early 50s, this book describes the strategies that all countries involved have been following.
I had my suspicions: During that era the Soviets were the only Western nation that had a translation of Sun Tzu. Oct 17, Adam Marsan rated it did not like it.
Are we hard-wired for war? Jul 01, Michael Watson rated it really liked it Shelves: Strength is conceived as the overwhelming lightningbolt or trident announcing itself unexpectedly. Strategy and tactics were fluid, avoiding direct confrontation. Apr 28, Adrian Calaciu rated it it was amazing. Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon. While it might sounded innovative in its time a nuclear war is not an obligatory mutual destruction! Overall lahn the strategy.
Not until after my father’s death did I really learn what he had been up to all those years. Although the book is badly outdated technologically, these arguments are still very relevant. Strategy and tactics were fluid as water, avoiding direct confrontation.
Reading the arguments that the author meticulously explores and the way in which he proves his hypotheses, it’s clear he’s waar to none in this field. The book was the first to make sense of nuclear weapons.