Counsels of War

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Counsels of War

By Gregg F. Herken
Knopf, 1985
409 pp. $18.95
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Since 1945 the nature of nuclear war has, providentially, only been imagined, not demonstrated. Thus, planners and theoreticians-a new profession dedicated to "thinking about the unthinkable"-have replaced fighting soldiers as the shapers of American strategy. This fine book traces the swirling theories of deterrence, war-fighting capacity, limited war and the nature of the Soviet Union from 1945 to the present. It relates ideas to the specific personalities who advanced them-Bernard Brodie, William Borden, Robert Oppenheimer, Albert Wohlstetter and many others.