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Ace in the Hole
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Abbreviations Sayonara Sanity? War Scare The Soviets Draw an Ace Strategic Error First Forbearance The Cart Before the Horse French Chestnuts in the Fire The President Vacillates Muscling Up Sword of Damocles The Last Sideshow The Autobahn to Armageddon Cocked Gun Amateur Hour Harebrained Schemes Muddling Through Multilateral Folly High Noon Two Bluffs Best-Laid Plans Strategic Incompetence Unplayable Card? Endnotes Bibliography Index

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Answers the question why, when the atomic bomb had been used with such devastating effect against the Japanese Empire in 1945, American leaders put this most apocalyptic of weapons back on the shelf, never to be used again in anger.

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TIMOTHY J. BOTTI is an unaffiliated historian who is the author of The Long Wait: Forging of the Anglo-American Nuclear Alliance, 1945-1958 (Greenwood, 1987).

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"In this highly detailed account, Botti usefully debunks the commonly held notion that nuclear war was held to be "unthinkable" by presidents and their advisers during crises over the first 20 years of the Cold War (Berlin, Korea, Formosa, and Cuba, among others). He suggests instead that overreaching by threatening or engaging in military action in areas not in the vital interests of the US has posed a major risk in the possible use of such weapons."-Choice ?In this highly detailed account, Botti usefully debunks the commonly held notion that nuclear war was held to be "unthinkable" by presidents and their advisers during crises over the first 20 years of the Cold War (Berlin, Korea, Formosa, and Cuba, among others). He suggests instead that overreaching by threatening or engaging in military action in areas not in the vital interests of the US has posed a major risk in the possible use of such weapons.?-Choice

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