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Synopsis: It’s very rare for any single book to really stand out in terms of many crucially important unvarnished first-hand historical ‘reality checks’. Sam Cohen’s book Shame is one of those few remarkable exceptions. The principle themes and characteristics of Sam’s book are: 1.
It’s an inspiring story of dogged triumph over considerable childhood psychological torment and medical adversity. 2.
It’s a remarkable story of recognizing the right problem to solve, versus merely reinventing bigger conventional weapons in new technologies. The neutron bomb aimed at reducing the civilian slaughter that now characterizes large-scale war — conventional and otherwise. It makes the morally crucial and counterintuitive case that the neutron bomb is the most moral weapon ever invented, and is thus the best type of nuclear bomb ever invented. (Keep in mind the prior actual and continuing dependence on monster stockpiles of inherently indiscriminate civilian-slaughtering — and civilian life-support infrastructure destroying — city-obliterating bombs.) 3.
It’s a one-man American Perestroika and Glasnost movement, which honestly shows how many high-profile credit-mongering “Cold Warriors” and Cold War institutions were generally groups of cynical political opportunists who actually (and often knowingly) undermined real national security in their greedy lust for power, glory, and profit. 4.
It’s to the foreign policy, national security, and military-industrial establishments what Feynman’s myth-shattering activities were to NASA’s phony Challenger ‘investigation’ (doublespeak for ‘cover-up’). It’s an amazing chronicle of how a handful of remarkable people can sometimes prevail over enormously larger institutional packs of political animals dominated by self-serving groupthink. It puts on record the sort of ‘real world’ bureaucratic skullduggery that others will generally only speak about off the record, and often only after swearing you to secrecy. 5.
It shows why George Washington’s foreign policy advice — far from being allegedly obsolete — is actually becoming increasingly more important with proliferating advances in smaller and more powerful weapons.
About the Author: Sam Cohen retired after a long controversial career in nuclear weapon issues. During World War II he was assigned to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. After the war he joined the RAND Corporation as a nuclear weapon analyst. In the course of his work he developed the technical/military concept of the ‘neutron bomb’ in 1958. He has consulted with the Los Alamos and Livermore nuclear weapon laboratories, the U.S. Air Force, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has authored numerous articles and books on nuclear issues.
Publisher: Xlibris Corp
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Xlibris Corp 2000-06-01, 2000. Paperback. Condition: Good. Item is in good condition. Some moderate creases and wear. This item may not come with CDs or additional parts including access codes for textbooks. Might be an ex-library copy and contain writing/highlighting. Seller Inventory # DS-0738822302-3
Book Description Xlibris Corp, 2000. Paperback. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0738822302
Book Description Xlibris Corp, EB, 2000. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Trade PB. 8vo. Xlibris Corp 2000. 472 pgs. First Edition/First Printing. Wrappers lightly worn with some light shelf-wear to the extremities present. Book is free of ownership marks. Text is clean and free of marks. Binding tight and solid. It's the story of the author's dysfunctional upbringing, followed by his career in nuclear weapons beginning with the Manhattan Project, his tenure at the RAND Corporation, and his invention of the neutron bomb. The author felt isolated as a child, and then later as an adult with his persistently realistic look at something that almost no one he met wanted to discuss: how a nuclear war would actually play out, and how we and the rest of the world would emerge. This is a personal and cynical account of America's nuclear history and the asinine ways in which some of the gravest decisions imaginable were made. Mr. Cohen didn't push the bomb because it was his pet invention; he invented it after being sent to Korea to observe a modern "limited" war firsthand, and seeing what was needed. EB; 8.6 X 5.6 X 1.2 inches; 472 pages. Seller Inventory # 56278
Book Description Xlibris Corp, 2000. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0738822302-2-4
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