- Hardcover: 254 pages
- Publisher: Horizon Press; 1St Edition edition (1962)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006AXSF8
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thinking about the unthinkable Hardcover – 1962
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The first half of Kahn's book looks at scenarios for nuclear war and how we should respond to them. It also lists a number of arguments that Kahn rejects as foolish and untenable. The second half discusses nuclear issues such as civil defense, arms control, and European defense. Kahn is something of a right-winger to be sure, but not always. He supported a policy of no first use and believed more deterrence did not always make us safer.
Perhaps the best thing about his book is his contention that a nuclear war need not be seen as the end of the world, or even the end of the U.S. Horrible as it would be, the survivors could rebuild and life could go on for most. One is reminded of the arguments made before the Second World War. Strategic bombing, it was said, would destroy whole cities and kill all their inhabitants. The first raid would destroy nations and end the war immediately. The only hope lay in appeasement of the dictators. Maybe the people of the thirties would have done better to do as Kahn instructs, and think about the unthinkable.