AUTHORBlackett, P. M. S.
TITLEFear, War, and the Bomb: The Military and Political Consequences of Atomic Energy
PUBLISHERMcGraw-Hill Publishing Company
CITYNew York, NY
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Published in 1948, this book provides a surreal glimpse into the apocalyptic uncertainty of the world soon after World War II. Blackett, a former member of the British Advisory Committee on Atomic Energy, criticizes his former colleagues in both England and America for their military policies on atomic weapons. He foresees no looming conflict. He predicts that the Soviets will keep peace to ensure both their survival and atomic weapons production. He explains that America would be at a great advantage to annihilate Soviet cities with the atomic bomb and prevent nuclear proliferation, except that the powerful Soviet Army would overrun Europe. He predicts that both nations will prepare for war and accumulate massive stockpiles of atomic bombs until mutual destruction is assured, at which time the Soviets will begin to participate in international control. The book, both fascinating and frightening, offers a window into military and political thought of the early post-World War II era. Blackett spells out his vision of atomic warfare then and in the future, and asserts that the use of the atomic bomb was not the last act of World War II, but the first act of the Cold War.

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