Thursday 2 May 2024

Review - Nuclear War: A Scenario by Annie Jacobsen

Nuclear War: A Scenario by Annie Jacobsen
Publisher: Random House UK
Release date: 28 March 2024
Back cover blurb: Nuclear war begins with a blip on a radar screen. This is a minute-by-minute account of what comes next. It has to be read to be believed. There is only one scenario other than an asteroid strike that could end the world as we know it in a matter of hours: nuclear war. Until now, no one outside official circles has known exactly what would happen if a rogue state launched a nuclear missile at the Pentagon. Second by second and minute by minute, these are the real-life protocols that choreograph the end of civilization as we know it. Decisions that affect hundreds of millions of lives need to be made within six minutes, based on partial information, in the knowledge that once launched, nothing is capable of halting the destruction. Based on dozens of new interviews with military and civilian experts who have built the weapons, been privy to the response plans, and taken responsibility for crucial decisions, this is the only account of what a nuclear exchange would look like. Nuclear War is at once a compulsive non-fiction thriller and a powerful argument that we must rid ourselves of these world-ending weapons for ever.

If like me, you are old enough to remember 'Threads', 'the Day after', 'When the wind blows' etc terrifying you on the television in the 1980s, then you might think you'd be prepared for the horrifying scenario portrayed in this masterpiece of non fiction.

But you'd be wrong.

There is no doubt about it, WW3 will be nuclear, and it will be the end of the world as we know it.

Nuclear War: A Scenario is a meticulously researched novel by Annie Jacobsen an American Investigative journalist, exploring what could (and probably would) happen ..

WW3 begins when the US Early Warning System picks up a nuclear attack en-route from North Korea.

It is an unprovoked attack that puts the US military and Government in to a state of disbelief and shock, but urges them to spring into action and adhere to long rehearsed protocols.

The unthinkable has happened, and they need to act fast.

Everyone knows that a Nuclear War can't be won, but the US needs to defend itself against the enemy, with devastating consequences...

This is a super important book, but I would recommend reading in it in small chunks, and definitely not before you go to bed! 

It is the stuff of nightmares.

Nuclear War: A Scenario is available now via Amazon online and good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

x Vicky-Leigh x

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