The Day After World War III: The U.S. Government's Plans for Surviving a Nuclear War

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The Day After World War III: The U.S. Government's Plans for Surviving a Nuclear War

By Edward Zuckerman
Viking, 1984
407 pp. $18.95
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This uncommon book, produced by a writer rather than a defense specialist, is essentially about civil defense planning for emergency procedures following nuclear attack. Too often his approach is simply to ridicule-the implication being why bother to plan for such a world at all?-and some of the specifics do seem absurd. Yet government does have a responsibility to seek to assure its continuity in the event of nuclear war. Some of the details Zuckerman has uncovered are fascinating.