Craig, Campbell Destroying the Village

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Thanks to recently declassified government documents from the early Cold War era, Craig is able to investigate what America's strategists really thought about the viability of nuclear warfare. He demonstrates that even as they were publicly attempting to make nuclear war technically feasible, many Pentagon officials were privately pessimistic regarding any nuclear strategy. Craig probes the heated arguments Eisenhower had with his national security advisors, and shows how the president conspired to make the option of war with the Soviet Union impossible.

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Campbell Craig is a lecturer in American History and Foreign Policy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand.

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The strength of this book is its marshaling of fresh material to support a bold interpretation of an important subject. Students of the Eisenhower years will have to take note of both the book and the author. (H.W. Brands, Texas A&M University Journal of American History)

Campbell Craig does an impressive job of setting the historical record straight in his interesting and well-documented first book. (Steven W. Hook, Kent State University H-Net Reviews)

This is a highly commendable study...It will be essential reading. (Ian Jackson Journal of American Studies)

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