Sleepwalking with the Bomb

John Wohlstetter

About the Book

Sleepwalking with the Bomb shows how we can forestall nuclear catastrophe. It offers familiar faces, cases and places to illustrate how the civilized world can face the most pressing nuclear dangers. Drawing from both history and current events, John Wohlstetter assembles in one place an integrated, coherent and concise picture that explains how best to avoid the “apocalyptic trinity” — suicide, genocide and surrender — in confronting emerging nuclear threats.


John Wohlstetter has given us a tour de force of our troubled nuclear condition… For many years Sleepwalking With the Bomb will be the standard against which all other work on nuclear issues will be measured.

R. James Woolsey, Former Director of Central Intelligence; Chair, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Anyone wishing to understand the past, present and future of nuclear weapons should read this fine book before saying or writing a word on the subject.

Richard Perle, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1981-1987.

In these perilous times of nuclear Jihad… a Reverean ride through the night, ringing out strategic alarms and insights… lucid, sophisticated, and wide awake.

George Gilder, Author of The Israel Test (Encounter Books, 2012) and Wealth & Poverty (Regnery, 2012).

John Wohlstetter

Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute
John C. Wohlstetter is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute (beg. 2001) and the Gold Institute for International Strategy (beg. 2021). His primary areas of expertise are national security and foreign policy, and the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is author of Sleepwalking With The Bomb (2nd ed. 2014), and The Long War Ahead and The Short War Upon Us (2008). He was founder and editor of the issues blog Letter From The Capitol (2005-2015). His articles have been published by The American Spectator, National Review Online, Wall Street Journal, Human Events, Daily Caller, PJ Media, Washington Times and others. He is an amateur concert pianist, residing in Charleston, South Carolina.