Hardcore History 59 – (BLITZ) The Destroyer of Worlds

Dan’s research and book list

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Oppenheimer clip used by permission from NBCUniversal


Truman Library – Public Papers of the Presidents: Harry S. Truman

ExComm recordings and transcripts

  1. “Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World” by Evan Thomas

  2. “One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War” by Michael Dobbs

  3. “In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam” by Robert S. McNamara and Brian VanDeMark

  4. “War” by Gwynne Dyer

  5. “Global Catastrophic Risks” by Nick Bostrom and Milan M. Cirkovic

  6. “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety” by Eric Schlosser

  7. “Prisoner’s Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb” by William Poundstone

  8. “LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay” by Warren Kozak

  9. “Averting ‘The Final Failure’: John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings” by Sheldon Stern

  10. “The Wizards of Armageddon” by Fred Kaplan and Martin J. Sherwin

  11. “One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-1964: The Secret History of the Cuban Missile Crisis” by Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali

  12. “The Journals of David E. Lilienthal, Vol. 2: The Atomic Energy Years 1945-1950” by David E. Lilienthal

  13. “Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State” by Garry Wills

  14. “The Effects of Nuclear War” by OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESMENT Congress of the United States

  15. “The Kremlin’s Nuclear Sword: The Rise and Fall of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces, 1945-2000” by Steven J. Zaloga

  16. “The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis” by Sheldon M. Stern

  17. “An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 – 1963” By Robert Dallek

  18. “Aftermath: The Remnants of War: From Landmines to Chemical Warfare–The Devastating Effects of Modern Combat” by Donovan Webster

  19. “Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation” by Lynn Eden

  20. “In the Shadow of War: The United States since the 1930s” by Michael S. Sherry

  21. “The Invention of Peace: Reflections on War and International Order” by Michael Howard

  22. “Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War: From Stalin to Krushchev” by Vladislav Zubok and Constantine Pleshakov

  23. “To Win a Nuclear War: The Pentagon’s Secret War Plans” by by Michio Kaku and Daniel Axelrod

  24. “War, Peace, and Victory: Strategy and Statecraft for the Next Century” by Colin S Gray

  25. “How to Make War (Fourth Edition): A Comprehensive Guide to Modern Warfare in the Twenty-first Century by James F. Dunnigan

  26. “The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis” by James G. Blight and janet M. Lang

  27. “Khrushchev Remembers” by Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev and Strobe Talbott

  28. “Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956” by Mr. David Holloway

  29. “Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945 by Michihiko Hachiya

  30. “The Culture of the Cold War” by Stephen J. Whitfield

  31. “The Lessons of History” by Michael Howard

  32. “Technology and War: From 2000 B.C. to the Present” by Martin Van Creveld

  33. “Doctor at Nagasaki: My First Assignment was Mercy Killing” by Masao Shiotsuki

  34. “The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality” by Sheldon Stern

  35. “Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age by Francis J. Gavin

  36. “What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy” by H. W. Brands

  37. “A history of strategic bombing: From the first hot-air balloons to Hiroshima and Nagasaki” by Lee B Kennett

  38. “Hibakusha: Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” by by Gaynor Sekimori and Naomi Shohno

  39. “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War” by Susan Southard

  40. “We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History” by John Lewis Gaddis

  41. “Grand Strategies in War and Peace” by Professor Paul Kennedy

  42. “Would the Insects Inherit the Earth? and Other Subjects of Concern to Those Who Worry About Nuclear War” by Jack C. Greene and Daniel J. Strom

  43. “Roosevelt to Reagan: A Reporter’s Encounters With Nine Presidents” by Hedley Donovan

  44. “The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History” by Philip Bobbitt

  45. “War: Ends and Means” by War: Ends and Means

  46. “Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons” by Joseph Cirincione

  47. “On Thermonuclear War” by Herman Kahn and Evan Jones

  48. “World War III: Strategies Tactics and Weapons” by John Bradley

  49. “Bombs, Cities, and Civilians: American Airpower Strategy in World War II” by Conrad C. Crane

  50. “Strategic Nuclear War: What the Superpowers Target and Why” by William Martel and Paul L. Savage


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