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At the same time former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America's nuclear program in the 1960s. Here for the first time he reveals the contents of those documents and makes clear their shocking relevance for today.

The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy - and renewal under the Obama administration - threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them. No other insider has written so candidly of that long-classified history, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. Ellsberg's analysis of recent research on nuclear winter shows that even a 'small' nuclear exchange would cause billions of deaths by global nuclear famine. Ellsberg, in the end, offers steps we can take under a new administration to avoid nuclear catastrophe.

Framed as a memoir, this thriller with cloak-and-dagger intrigue places Ellsberg back in his natural role as whistle-blower. It is a real-life Dr. Strangelove story but an ultimately hopeful - and powerfully important - audiobook.

©2017 Bloomsbury US (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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I'm scared now

Almost couldn't finish this book cause I got so scared. Terrific writing, does not just bash certain people but concisely brings to your attention that it would be EXACTLY the same with anybody else, humans are wired this way and we screwed up. Must read

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Fundamental book and definitely a must read/listen!

The most frightening book I‘ve read in a very long time! I knew quite a bit of what was told in the book, but the things that were new to me were really shocking. And I don‘t refer to the Doomsday Machine - I had heard of that before ...
Don‘t hesitate but listen to the full story today! Very informative and revealing. Our species is a monster- at least collectively!