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Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)

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Whole World on Fire focuses on a technical riddle wrapped in an organizational mystery: How and why, for more than half a century, did the U.S. government fail to predict nuclear fire damage as it drew up plans to fight strategic nuclear war?U.S. bombing in World War II caused massive fire damage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but later war plans took account only of damage fr ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 30th 2006 by Cornell University Press (first published November 21st 2003)
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Victor Gonzalez
May 14, 2013 Victor Gonzalez rated it it was ok
We can only imagine the damage that a nuclear weapon can cause, we can read articles and hear news about it but we not fully understand all the effects of a nuclear weapon. We are not scientist and we are not military so it is ok for us not to understand completely the damage that it cause We believe that the military and the scientist involved in that area (that study the effects, that design the weapons, etc.) know.

In the book ‘Whole World on Fire’, Lynn Eden shows how the US government undere
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Will
Oct 25, 2013 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The rapid scale-up of thermal radiation has strong implications for damage prediction. Because thermal radiation increases more rapidly than does blast overpressure, in higher-yield weapons mass fire ignition and resulting damage would occur to a distance beyond that of significant blast damage. For nuclear weapons of approximately 100 kilotons or more, fire damage would occur far beyond the perimeter of the blast damage; blast damage would be engulfed by the effects of mass fire.

However, the d
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J. Danielle Dorn
Introduced the words "self-reinforcing fallacy" to my conversational bullshit lexicon. Scary in its own right as an examination of how nuclear weapons planning went tits-up after WWII, but when you apply a lot of the sociological and organizational concepts that the US military followed to Western corporation practices it becomes nightmare fodder.

Would recommend this one even if you don't usually read non-fiction.
Jwhitley
Dec 02, 2009 Jwhitley rated it it was amazing
This book pointed out an egregious shortfall in planning outcomes of nuclear attacks - the fires created and the additional damage they would cause. US planners ignored the phenomenon for many, many years and as a long time member of the fire service, this was an incredible discovery!
Nate Hendrix
Jul 21, 2014 Nate Hendrix rated it did not like it
I think this might be meant as a textbook. Very dry. I read a little, skimmed even more and then gave up.
Anne
Nov 28, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: nuclear-weapons
Mass fire has its own weather pattern. Lynn Eden writes beautifully about nuclear devastation.
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