Includes bibliographical references (pages -387) and index.
The former defense analyst who revealed the Pentagon Papers offers an eyewitness account of America's nuclear program in the 1960s and reveals the dangers in the country's seventy-year-long nuclear policy.-- Adapted from dust jacket.
Part I: The bomb and I. How could I? : the making of a nuclear war planner ; Command and control : managing catastrophe ; Delegation : how many fingers on the button? ; Iwakuni : nuclear weapons off the books ; The Pacific Command ; The war plan: reading the JSCP ; Briefing Bundy ; "My" war plan ; Questions for the Joint Chiefs : how many will die? ; Berlin and the missile gap ; A tale of two speeches ; My Cuban missile crisis ; Cuba : the real story -- Part II: The road to doomsday. Bombing cities ; Burning cities ; Killing a nation ; Risking doomsday I: Atmospheric ignition ; Risking doomsday II: The hell bomb ; The Strangelove paradox ; First-use threats : using our nuclear weapons ; Dismantling the doomsday machine -- Glossary.