Self-destruct Sequence

How the End Begins
The Road to a Nuclear World War III
Ron Rosenbaum
Simon & Schuster, $28, 303 pp.

According to Ron Rosenbaum, when the Cold War ended—and especially after September 11 raised the specter of a nuclear attack by terrorists—people “succumbed to a historical amnesia” and stopped worrying about the old-fashioned kind of nuclear war, the one that could happen between states. In his provocatively titled new book, Rosenbaum, a longtime journalist and self-professed “obsessed outsider,” aims to erase this deficit of conscience and prudence. How the End Begins illuminates...

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About the Author

Jonathan Stevenson is a professor of strategic studies at the U.S. Naval War College and author of Thinking Beyond the Unthinkable: Harnessing Doom from the Cold War to the Age of Terror (Viking).

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