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High-Altitude Nuclear War Paperback – January 1, 2002
From the Publisher
A sense of urgency, a desire to warn people about an approaching catastrophe, has driven me to publish "High-Altitude Nuclear War." I believe this book could change people's image of nuclear war, as it did mine. High-altitude nuclear electromagnetic pulse bombs deployed now could wipe out ground and satellite electronics over huge areas.
Also, the book explains the ongoing nuclear weapons confrontation among China, Russia and the United States, an often-invisible but relentless showdown which I believe is being pushed toward actual nuclear war by U.S. national missile defense and space weapons programs.
From the Author
I have tried, with the help of an excellent 20-page index, to make the 1997 and 1999 U.S. Congressional nuclear electromagnetic pulse hearings accessible and comprehensible to everyone. My commentary is the only analysis of current great-power nuclear confrontation I have seen. Every citizen deserves this basic information about a major threat to the survival of our civilization.
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Top Customer Reviews
Joel Leventhal, Ph.D. (Emeritus Scientist , USGS)
The first fifty pages are authored by Mr. Lewallen himself, and presents his view, and hope, that people informed about the dangers of high altitude nuclear war, and nuclear war in general, will have the courage and power to force a change in the goals and attitudes of our militarist elites toward more peaceful approaches to settling differences. Personally, I don't see it. He does succeed in painting a vivid picture of a world subject to a hair trigger threat of global nuclear war that will start in space with nuclear weapons targeted against modern industrial technology.
The remainder of this 200 page book is devoted to excerpts from recent congressional testimony. These transcripts of conversations between congressional representatives and various scientific and military experts take place in front of the virtual curtain of military secrecy. Much care is taken to avoid speaking of issues and facts that are appropriate only for "secret sessions." Consequently, we are shown only part of the picture and are left guessing what the full truth might be. None the less, what is revealed is compelling. What emerges is a picture of confusion and ignorance on the part of our leaders as to their true vulnerability to high altitude nuclear explosions that will, in an instant, render modern industrial and electronic technology useless slag. In a poignant irony they continually refer to their pipe dream concept of this kind of war as HEMP (an acronym for High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse). I don't want to be smoking what they are smoking. Consistent with all our previous experience with government, these hearings give little attention to common sense or show any impulse to slow the building momentum toward global nuclear war. On the contrary they presume that the pressing problem is how to win a nuclear war!
This book hides a secret treasure for anyone, like myself, who is foolish enough to try to imagine an informed vision of how the human race might yet survive our current living nightmare of war, domination and subjugation. From a close reading it becomes clear that one possible outcome is a nuclear exchange that never gets much beyond the stage of an opening salvo of a high altitude mutually destructive, world wide attack that effectively puts a stop to advanced technology itself! With the weapons of repression suddenly ripped from their hands, it may be possible to deal effectively with the thuggish leadership that so oppresses us. When I have had a chance to discuss this with Mr. Lewallen himself (we are old friends) he calls this the "Jubilee bomb" idea. This is in reference to the idea presented in the bible of a time when all debts are to be forgiven and all slaves are to be freed. It is satisfying to my sense of the ironic that our greatest threat may also be our greatest hope. We may yet see an end to the rule of brutality on earth. To this end I encourage you to join me for a minute at noon each day (Pacific standard time) to pray for the Jubilee bomb.
Let me close with a quote from the written Statement presented to the House of Representatives, Military Research and Development Subcommittee, on July 16th, 1997, by Dr. Lowell Wood entitled "Threat Posed by Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) to U.S. Military Systems and Civil Infrastructure" addressing the "Peculiar Aspects of EMP Attacks."
"Indeed, a nuclear EMP attack on a nation is, in the large, the obverse of what the neutron bomb was asserted (utterly falsely by anti-deployment-directed Communist propaganda, but nonetheless with great political effect) to be in the small: an arch-capitalist weapon which killed people but didn't destroy the capital plant in which the people were located. EMP weaponry (potentially even in a single copy), in acute contrast to this now-ancient canard, potentially destroys in a highly effective manner the high technology electrical/electronic plant of any advanced nation - the heartland of modern civilization - while not directly harming people at all."