Open in the App Open in the App Open in the App
Get the key ideas from

The Doomsday Machine

Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

By Daniel Ellsberg
15-minute read
Audio available
The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg

The Doomsday Machine (2017) follows famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on his journey from learning about nuclear bombs in school to rewriting the national security policy for the United States of America. It explores the use of nuclear systems throughout history and how close we came to ending the human race.

  • Modern history buffs with a particular interest in wars
  • International relations students
  • People interested in US nuclear strategy

Daniel Ellsberg is an activist, whistleblower and former US military advisor. In 1971 he released the classified Pentagon Papers to the public, which detailed US efforts during the Vietnam War. He also wrote Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.

Go Premium and get the best of Blinkist

Upgrade to Premium now and get unlimited access to the Blinkist library. Read or listen to key insights from the world’s best nonfiction.

Upgrade to Premium

What is Blinkist?

The Blinkist app gives you the key ideas from a bestselling nonfiction book in just 15 minutes. Available in bitesize text and audio, the app makes it easier than ever to find time to read.

Discover
2,500+ top
nonfiction titles

Get unlimited access to the most important ideas in business, investing, marketing, psychology, politics, and more. Stay ahead of the curve with recommended reading lists curated by experts.

Created with Sketch.