AUTHORGraff, Garrett M.
TITLERaven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY

This encyclopedic volume provides a detailed history of the U.S. plans for the survival of its leadership in the event of a nuclear war. "Raven Rock" in the title references one of the three bunkers designed to house U.S. government top officials during a nuclear attack. The work describes the evolution of war plans, communication networks, command posts, and protective shelters during presidential administrations from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama. The author shows how plans changed with advances in technology and better understanding of the effects of nuclear weapons. Despite the changes, hiding in the Appalachian Mountains has remained a key strategy. The detailed account of the U.S. leadership’s response during the Cuban missile crisis and President Ronald Reagan’s reaction to the doomsday film The Day After are of particular interest. The narrative is supported with extensive notes.

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