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The Fate of the Earth Hardcover – March 12, 1982
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"In the Fate of the Earth," as the title suggests, Schell goes global. No longer is he addressing a dirty little war half way around the world, fought by a slender percentage of the American population, and viewed by the vast majority on their TV sets, over dinner. The war that Schell fears, a nuclear holocaust, is one that would come crashing into everyone's living room, TV or no. The book was written in the Cold War period, 1982, when the Soviet Union and the United States had thousands of nuclear armed missiles pointed at each other. The military doctrine of the time went by the suitable acronym, MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction.Read more ›
If you are interested in understanding how the humans manage to avoid blowing themselves up (so far) this is an important source document.
The NYT said in 1982 that is should be reviewed as an "event of profound historical moment rather than as a book".
If you are interested in how history can be changed by a book read this.
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In Depth analysis of nuclear weapons, the posososibyt of nuclear war and how we must get rid of them before we use them and thereby get rid of us.Published on May 24, 2014 by che handala
The plot summary for this book has already been explained by other reviewers, so I won't bother with that here. Read morePublished on August 4, 2010 by S. Waiblinger