A Short History of Nuclear Folly - Mad Scientists, Dithering Nazis, Lost Nukes, and Catastrophic Cover-Ups

Author(s): Rudolph Herzog

Guns & Knives

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Cafe, Rudolph Herzog has here created a bleakly sardonic catalogue of atomic blunders and nuclear near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers have gambled with catastrophe. Rudolph Herzog is already well know as the historian behind the popular history title Dead Funny, which looked at humour in Nazi Germany. Now, he turns to the archives once again to produce an account that will raise important questions on international nuclear policy.


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"Unflinching... Let's just say that Herzog's use of the word 'folly' is an understatement." --"The Village Voice"

"It is arguably not possible to imagine human stupidity on a grander scale than what Rudolph Herzog has stockpiled in his new book." --"The Brooklyn Rail"

"An eclectic, innovative approach to the bureaucratization of creativity during the Cold War." --"Los Angeles Review of Books"

"Meticulously researched and thrillingly told--reading this is as informative as it is spine-chillingly entertaining" ""--"Die Zeit

Rudolph Herzogis the author of "Dead Funny: Telling Jokes in Hitler's Germany." His documentary on humor in the Third Reich, "Laughing With Hitler," scored top audience ratings on German Channel 1 and was also broadcast on the BBC. Other film projects include the hit reality crime series "The Heist," a collaboration with David Glover that aired on Channel 4 (U.K.), and "The Agent," which investigates the Stasi's top nuclear spy and a double agent for the CIA. He is the son of the celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog. Jefferson Chase is one of the foremost translators of German history. He has translated Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Thomas Mann, and Gotz Aly, among many others. "From the Hardcover edition."

General Fields

  • : 9781612193304
  • : Melville House Publishing
  • : Melville House Publishing
  • : 0.367
  • : June 2014
  • : 210mm X 140mm
  • : July 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rudolph Herzog
  • : 256
  • : 256
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 363.179909
  • : 363.179909