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Cardinal Choices: Presidential Sciences Advising from the Atomic Bomb to SDI

Revised, Expand. Sprache: Englisch.
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This book is a history of the complex relations between scientific advisors, primarily physicists, and U.S. presidents in their role as decision makers about nuclear weapons and military strategy.
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Titel: Cardinal Choices: Presidential Sciences Advising from the Atomic Bomb to SDI
Autor/en: Gregg Herken

ISBN: 0804737703
EAN: 9780804737708
Revised, Expand.
Sprache: Englisch.
STANFORD UNIV PR

September 2000 - kartoniert - 357 Seiten

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This book is a history of the complex relations between scientific advisors, primarily physicists, and U.S. presidents in their role as decision makers about nuclear weapons and military strategy.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Part I. Urgent Appeals, 1939-1952: The Advent of Nuclear Weapons: 1. A closely knit group of people: the decision to build the atomic bomb; 2. No acceptable alternative: the decision to use the atomic bomb; 3. Necessarily an evil thing: the debate over the H-bomb; 4. A point of no return: the opportunity for a nuclear 'standstill'; Part II. Fragile Hopes, 1953-1960: The Impetus Towards Arms Control: 5. Racing toward catastrophe: atoms for peace and war; 6. An age of danger... from the Killian report to Sputnik; 7. A vested interest in this field: the President's science advisory committee and the test ban; Part III. Guarded Futures, 1961-1988: The Perils and Promises of New Technology: 8. 'Where a fresh start is badly needed: politics and science in the Kennedy administration; 9. A nation cannot be built with gadgets: Johnson, Hornig, and the Vietnam war; 10. No longer as adviser but as citizen: the crisis of science advising under Nixon and Ford; 11. We want you to know of our judgment: science and conflict in the Carter administration; 12. The president doesn't care about wavelengths: the Reagan revolution and the origins of SDI; Conclusion: speaking the truth to power; Appendixes; notes; Bibliography; Index.

Portrait

Gregg Herken is Historian and Curator at the Space History Department of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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