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Sleepwalking with the Bomb

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).