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My Journey at the Nuclear Brink Paperback – November 11, 2015
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Enter William J. Perry, a Palo Alto engineer, entrepreneur and—in his role as U.S. Secretary of Defense—a leader and diplomat who has devoted his life to reducing and, if possible, eliminating the nuclear threat that, now and in minutes, could destroy civilization.
Perry describes his progress from Army observer of post-nuclear attack in post-WWII Japan to becoming a committed, passionate advocate for nuclear arms control. He knows what could happen if a nuke is used anywhere in any way—accidentally, through terrorism or by an intemperate leader with an itchy trigger finger. He cites, chillingly, the not-infrequent near-misses of potentially
catastrophic nuclear accidents.
After leaving the Army he worked for Sylvania’s electronic surveillance operations, then founded ESL (Electromagnetic Systems Laboratory) in Silicon Valley, later sold to TRW. In the process he became intimately knowledgeable about the world’s nuclear weaponry, particularly the overwhelming tripartite (land, air, submarine) nuclear capabilities of the United States and the Former Soviet Union.
The book, with a powerful and moving introduction by former Secretary of State George P. Schultz, is linear, logical and impeccably reasoned.Read more ›
Dr. Perry had the personal experience of witnessing the destruction of Tokyo and then Okinawa at the end of WW2 as an 18 year old army draftee. Now, imagining a multiplication this horror by a zillion, he has played a leading role in assuring that the possible holocaust facing us in a nuclear war did not, and hopefully will not, occur.
I learned a lot about the workings of the Defense Dept and the development and acquisition of weapons. What was surprising was the amount of diplomacy involved in defense decisions. There were many military to military meetings between countries and particularly between the Soviets (and then Russians) and us. Some of it is natural and unavoidable, but under Perry there was a lot more of it leading to friendly relations amongst the defense establishments of various countries. This was important for nuclear safety in the trust it generates. The world is a lot safer with the reduction of nukes under Start I, Start II, the elimination of intermediate range nuclear missiles, a test ban treaty, and more.
The author gives great credit to the Nunn-Lugar law which enables America to assist and lead in the attempt to eliminate "loose nukes" and fissionable material that might fall into the wrong hands. Under this law the US has aided and to a large extent financed the complete elimination of nuclear weapons from the Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.Read more ›
Thank you William J. Perry -- you are a very special man.
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A great history lesson of how the world has dealt with the nuclear menace through the cold war into modern times. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Elvin Haynes
It's rare in the US Government to have someone serve who understands technology, business, policy and how to lead a large bureaucracy... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Michael L.
Bill Perry's memoir is a masterful assessment, by a master, of the intersections of technology with defense planning and foreign policy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rodney W. Nichols
The Scottish Philosopher Edmund Burke is quoted with saying the following. "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John G. Spethman
Too scary. I don't hear many Presidential candidates addressing nuclear weapons much at all, and when they do the analysis is nowhere near as intelligent as that in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dwight Meier
A brief history of the cold war aspects of the nuclear weapons buildup and deployment. Nothing new.Published 2 months ago by Jim
Beautifully done. Mr. Perry's unique role in the ongoing effort to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons has placed him among its most influential, well-informed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Van Nielson