The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg

The Doomsday Machine

From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the awful dangers of America’s hidden, fifty-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day.When former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. Here for the first time he reveals the contents...

Details The Doomsday Machine

TitleThe Doomsday Machine
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherBloomsbury Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Politics, War, Autobiography, Memoir, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews The Doomsday Machine

  • Bill Rasche
    Remember Daniel Ellsberg from the Watergate era? His book will freak you right on out when you discover just how close we came to a nuclear holocaust more than 50 years ago. Spellbinding!
  • AC
    Extremely interesting, often illuminating, disturbing book, marred only by a certain naïveté expressed by Ellsberg’s concluding optimism, such as it is.
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Part memoir of Ellsberg worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the sixties and an anti-nuclear piece from someone who knows how it plays out at a policy level and understands the stakes namely the survival of humans as species. The author lays out in great detail his work planning for nuclear war and a general outline of our capabilities, command and control systems, who authorizes the use of nuclear weapons and the times we came cl...
  • Vheissu
    This book will interest general readers as well as subject matter experts, including students of bureaucratic politics.NOTE: I deleted my review in order that it might be considered for publication. If it is not accepted, I will restore my post. Thanks.
  • Mal Warwick
    In the closing scene of the classic 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Major T. J. "King" Kong straddles a nuclear bomb as it soars down onto the Soviet Union while the World War II hit song We'll Meet Again blares in the background. Major Kong is the commander of a B-52 bomber sent to attack the USSR by the deranged general Jack D. Ripper—and the protocol will not permit the President of the United...
  • Michael Frank
    Finished on the same day as the Hawaii ICBM alert. Every adult needs to read this book and put pressure on Congress to reduce our On Alert Nuclear status. .. below is a quote from Kruschev a few years after the Cuban missle crisis. “When I asked the military advisors if they could assure me that holding fast would not result in the death of five hundred million human beings, they looked at me as though I was out of my mind, or what was worse, a...
  • Jake
    This book is no joke. I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Written by famed whistleblower and former nuclear war planner (he was in the room with top officials during the Cuban Missile Crisis)for the Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, this book will let you in on many dirty little secrets (many now declassified) of potential nuclear war. The title obviously comes from the movie Dr. Strangelove with its crazed military leaders and scientists bl...
  • Neil
    It turns out that Ellsberg has more than just the Pentagon Papers to contribute to the quest for the truth about American conduct in war. Here he uses the information he was privy to as a top level planner of war strategy to write a memoir that is truly terrifying. Ellsberg demonstrates quite clearly that nuclear war planning has mostly been focused on a full out doomsday scenario, ignoring the risks of nuclear winter, too inflexible to stay limi...
  • Mike Maurer
    Here is a book that is exactly what we need at the end of a crazy year. Within its pages the author will pound into your head that there is no limited nuclear war. The plans all commit to total annihilation of the planet. Then add to that just how thin that thread is that is hanging over our heads, you’ll want to find a rock to hide under (but that won’t help in the end).The author is the guy who released the Pentagon Papers. He also copied t...
  • Tom Schulte
    The first act of this book was so disappointing to me that I felt certain I would be giving this book 2 stars here. First, there is all this build-up about the absconded material in addition to the Pentagon Papers only to find it washed away in a hurricane and we'll never read it. Then, all this about the loose handling of nukes while so detailed was so much rooted in Ellsberg's first-hand '60s experience that it reads as very dated and possibly ...