Armageddon and Paranoia
The Nuclear Confrontation
- 69,00 kr
- 69,00 kr
A gripping account of the intense rivalry between Russia and the West, from bestselling author and former diplomat Rodric Braithwaite
In 1945, the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Warfare was never the same again. Armageddon and Paranoia relates how the power of the atom was harnessed to produce weapons capable of destroying human civilisation, and what this has done to the world.
There are few villains in this story: on both sides of the Iron Curtain, dedicated scientists cracked the secrets of nature while dutiful military men planned out possible manoeuvres and politicians wrestled with intolerable decisions. Patriotic citizens acquiesced to the idea that their country needed the ultimate means of defence. Some protested, citing the unanswerable question: what end could possibly be served by such fearsome means? None wanted to start a nuclear war, but all were paranoid about what the other side might do.
The danger of annihilation - by accident or design - has never quite left the world. As fears about who controls the nuclear codes continue to make headlines, Rodric Braithwaite (author of bestsellers Moscow 1941 and Afgantsy) has painted a vivid and detailed portrait of this intense period in history - and its terrifying implications today.