The Wizards of Armageddon (1983)
“Fascinating… It contains much that is not only
new but stunning about the nation’s official thinking and planning
for nuclear war.”
“An absorbing work… The story of the remarkable
civilians who developed the novel field of nuclear strategy—men
such as Bernard Brodie, William Kaufmann, Albert Wohlstetter, and Herman
Kahn—is told admirably well. Even those who are familiar with this
story will find fascinating details here.”
“Like most people, I know that nuclear strategy
is a subject of crucial importance—but shy away from it as too forbidding.
Reading Fred Kaplan, I understand and want to learn more. He brings the
subject to life with human example and an understanding so sure that he
can explain the unthinkable.”
"[The] definitive intellectual history of early nuclear deterrence."
“I read that book [Wizards] when I was researching mine [The Bomber Mafia]. Oh, my God, it is just a delight. What a great book!” Malcolm Gladwell (interviewed on Dan Carlin’s podcast)