Dismissing Doomsday

Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism From Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda

Reviewed by Gerard DeGroot

Every year, I teach a course on the atom bomb. At the end of each semester, I ask my students to tell me at what point the world came closest to nuclear Armageddon. The answers are usually predictable: the Cuban missile crisis, the Yom Kippur War, the Indo-Pakistani conflict. One year, however, I got a very different response.

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