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The doomsday scenario
Keeney, L. Douglas.
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St. Paul, MN : MBI Publishing Co., [2002]

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127 pages : photographs ; 21 cm
Presents the 'Emergency plans book', authored by the DoD Office of Emergency Planning in 1958, now declassified after 40 years. It "explains what the Soviet Union was capable of doing, what immediate effects a nuclear attack would have on all aspects of U.S. society, and what the long term effects were likely to be"--P. 11.
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HV555.U6 K22 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Subtitled: . This chilling 1958 Cold War defense document lays the foundation for how Bush, Cheney and Congress reacted to the September 11th attack on America. Under government wraps for forty years, "The Emergency Plans Book" was de-classified in 1998 and moved to the public viewing area of the National Archives. Months later the document was re-classified, hidden from public view once again, and stamped Top Secret. Candid archival photographs accompany an intriguing text that chronicles the recently re-classified "Plans Book," the highly secret official answer to the most important Cold War defense question of the day: "What happens to America if the Soviet Union attacks?" The Emergency Plans Book, included here in its entirety, provides dramatic new insights into cold war practices, and what might happen in the event of a total nuclear war. This extremely sensitive government document contains a pointed foreword by nationally known and respected atomic weapons authority Stephen I. Schwartz.***Here is what critics say about"The Doomsday Scenario: The US Government's answer to the Cold War question:" Newsweek: This Pentagon document "coldly details the damage a nuclear attack on the US would do." "extraordinary insight into the military mindset."Publishers Weekly: "promises to raise hairs and possibly red flags."'

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In 1998, Keeney (Secret Messages: Concealment, Codes, and Other Types of Ingenious Communications) found a brief document in the National Archives that had recently been declassified, titled The Emergency Plans Book. The document presents the U.S. military's picture of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union and the grim aftermath faced by the survivors. Keeney copied the text, which soon was reclassified in 1999 and remains as such in the archives. Now published with a commentary on various technical terms and concepts, it makes for chilling reading. During the Cold War and the nuclear standoff with the Soviets, the U.S. government assumed that a full nuclear attack would kill 25 million Americans outright. Millions more would die owing to other illnesses, hunger, and exposure. Also, most of the country's economic, transportation, and communication systems would need to be rebuilt from the ground up. Stephen Schwartz of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists provides a foreword that draws comparisons between the government's actions outlined in the document and its reactions to the September 11 terrorist attacks. This dark but important book is recommended for all libraries. Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ., Parkersburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.