The Presidency and the Bomb

Date(s) - 02/05/20
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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The Presidency and the Bomb

Chicago Council

Fred Kaplan, Author and National Security Correspondent, Slate. Moderated by Ivo H. Daalder.

For 75 years, presidents have stared into the abyss of nuclear war, able to destroy the world with a single command. Several of them have faced crisis in which they’ve thought about, threatened, broached, and in a few cases just barely averted this catastrophe. For his latest book, The Bomb, Fred Kaplan has held exclusive interviews with participants and excavated archives uncovering thousands of once-classified documents relating to these crises and maneuverings. He will share previously untold stories from inside the White House, the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s “tank” in the Pentagon, and the vast chambers of US Strategic Command to cast new light on the darkest aspect of our age, from Truman to Trump.

Copies of Fred Kaplan’s latest book, The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War will be available for sale and signing from the Book Cellar.



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