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The Day After World War III Hardcover – June 4, 1984

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (June 4, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670258806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670258802
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Day After World War III is not just another "survival" book. It's a rich resource of information about how the US government has ( and still is ) planned to WIN a nuclear confrontation. Written in 1983, in the early Reagan years, it is full of interviews, documentation, historical vignettes, and mucho footnotes ( the sources and acknowledgements section is over 46 pages alone ). I found the details exquisite, the background intrigueing, and the overall book a blockbuster to me because of MY personal interests. I have spent years researching the area of civil defense and disaster preparedness, and find this book is one of my best finds ever. I can NOT recommend this book highly enough.
It gives FAIR treatment to the entire idea of NATIONAL preparedness, the costs involved, the layers of government responsibility, the full spectrum of reasoning in these areas, and just how much minutae is required when thinking....of the unthinkable. Ever hear of "Federal Emergency Plan D"? Its on page ONE of this book. It is THE plan for use AFTER a nuclear war has started. Details beyond belief abound in all aspects of recovery of a nation.
If you CAN get a copy of this book, PLEASE do. Amazon found a used copy for me a couple of years ago, and I now have THREE. Just is case, ya know....
Unlike 'With Enough Shovels', THIS book is open and non-judgemental in its treatment of the power behind our nuclear history and defense complex. Worth the time to find and read.
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Format: Hardcover
The Day After World War III is surprising good and even better pretty unbiased in looking at the challenges of protecting American citizens, infrastructure, technology and even culture during a major nuclear strike against the United States. It addresses evacuation plans and shelter construction and does not fail to point out the challenges and flaws in each as well as the opportunities presented.

The look at the massive "Mill Race" conventional explosives test (designed specifically to simulate a nuclear blast, albeit a tiny one) is worth the book alone as the test reveals not only a great deal of technical data but much about the psychology and thinking among the various participants.

Finally the book even addressed quite reasonable psychological issues around a nuclear conflict and wraps up with how a post nuclear conflict society might change and evolve........toward the next war.

Definitely recommended.
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Format: Paperback
The first review of this book hits the nail on the head.The book gives an fair view at the history of cold war civil defence planning by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is similar to the book "Warplan UK " by Duncan Campbell about British (lack of) nuclear planning but without his often criticism of inadequacey and undertone of nuclear disarmament as the answer to survival. Buy it if you can find a copy !
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Format: Hardcover
The book is great. A very informational look at nuclear warfare, and what the government plans to do about it.
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