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Blundering Into Disaster by  Robert S McNamara - First Edition 1st Printing - 1986 - from Fully Booked (SKU: 001147)

Blundering Into Disaster

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Blundering Into Disaster

by McNamara, Robert S

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New York: Pantheon Books - Random House, Inc., 1986. BOOK: With Review Card Laid In; Previous Owner Markings; Corners Bumped; Light Shelf Rub to Boards; Boards, Edges Lightly Soiled. DUST JACKET: Previous Owner Markings (Price Clipped); Lightly Creased; Lightly Chipped; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. SUB-TITLE: Surviving the First Century of the Nuclear Age. ALSO KNOWN AS: This volume is an expansion of the Sanford Lectures delivered by Robert S. McNamara at Duke University in October 1986. The Lectures are sponsored by the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust Endowment Fund in honor of Terry Sanford and arranged by the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs of the University. Portions of this book first appeared, in slightly different form, in The Military Role of Nuclear Weapons: Perceptions and Misperceptions, by Robert S. McNamara, in Foreign Affairs, Fall 1983, copyright 1983 by Robert S. McNamara; and in Reducing the Risk of Nuclear War, by Robert S. McNamara and Dr. Hans Bethe, in Atlantic, July 1985, copyright 1985 by Robert S. McNamara and Hans Bethe. CONTENTS: Preface 1 The Risk of War 2 The First Half Century of the Nuclear Age: Evolution of U.S. and Soviet Nuclear Forces and Strategy, 1940-1990 3 Nuclear Myths: Misperceptions That Endanger Our Security 4 The Next Half Century: Alternative Ways of Reducing the Risk of Nuclear War, 1990-2040 5 Geneva: A Step Toward Our Long-Term Goal 6 Turning Away from Nuclear Disaster; Appendixes; Glossary; Notes; Acknowledgments; Index. SYNOPSIS: Blundering into Disaster is a work of major importance, a book that could have been written only by Robert McNamara. As Secretary of Defense during the Johnson and Kennedy administrations, McNamara stood closer to the nuclear precipice than any man now living. His analysis and his impassioned warning demand our attention. McNamara argues that our present position is one that we never intended to reach, that was never planned, that has never been thoroughly discussed and decided upon. Drawing on his years of experience at the heart of Washington policymaking, McNamara shows how close we have come to nuclear disaster. He argues that the thousands of nuclear warheads deployed by both sides present terrible risks without providing us with a usable defense. A defense based on conventional armaments, he submits, offers far greater safety without the risks of nuclear annihilation. Impassioned in tone, the text represents a clear and credible analysis of the dangers that we have unwittingly created, and a realistic alternative to present policy. McNamara's analysis will be widely debated. It should raise serious doubts about unthinking commitment to our current policies. Robert McNamara came into prominence as president of Ford Motor Company. After working as Secretary of Defense, he became president of the World Bank from 1968 to 1981. He currently serves as Director on a number of corporate boards and is affiliated with nonprofit organizations concerned with the issues of nuclear arms, population and development, world hunger, and East-West relations.. First Edition 1st Printing. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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Blundering Into Disaster
McNamara, Robert S
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First Edition 1st Printing
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