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On Thermonuclear War by Herman Kahn
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Jul 22, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: important, will-review-realsoonnow, read-multiple-times
Read 2 times. Last read January 1, 2009.

rereading this last night, it's striking how much Kubrick ripped off from here for "Dr. Strangelove" -- not to mention DFW for the Eschaton passage in Infinite Jest!
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Amazon 2009-07-22. A classic, of course; I look forward to 668 pages of fun!
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
January 1, 2009 – Started Reading
January 1, 2009 – Finished Reading
July 22, 2009 – Shelved
July 28, 2009 –
page 198
29.64% "second uproarious laugh elicited by herman kahn (google for "following dialogue between Khrushchev and his inarticulate general")"
July 30, 2009 –
page 267
39.97% ""begaton bombs (sometimes more accurately, if pedantically, referred to as gigaton)" begaton? what kind of shyster shit is this, kahn? KAHN!"
July 31, 2009 –
page 387
57.93% "urk, getting into rather a bit of slog here...c'mon herman, let's pick the pace back up!"
August 2, 2009 – Shelved as: important
August 2, 2009 – Shelved as: will-review-realsoonnow
March 20, 2010 – Shelved as: read-multiple-times

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