WHEN WAR COMES by Martin Caidin


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The only utility of this book is to remind us that the possibility of nuclear war has not been eclipsed by the rise of other dangers and crises; but even in this respect it is, so to speak, a bomb. Making the doubtful presupposition that the U.S., Russia, and China are equally likely to start things off, Caidin prescribes nothing beyond nail-biting and ""A revolution. In thought""; he hops from the possible fallibility of our missile systems to the fallacy of the counterforce theory and the possibility of a radioactive tidal wave to the inefficacy of civil defense. One bit of evidence that the bombs will be used is the ""fact"" that the U.S. had recourse to them when Japan refused to surrender? Caidin, author of 70-odd previous books, is an admirer of Philip Wylie and here we have the style of Wylie at Ms most bombastic in nco-bus-poster form, featuring dynamic little one-sentence paragraphs. At intervals there are people caught in the holocaust, graphically vaporized, incinerated, blinded, assaulted with biological weapons, and subjected to anarchy and martial law if they survive. Altogether Caidin has accomplished the unusual feat of giving a specious, off-putting, self-discrediting exposition of ideas almost anyone would agree with.

Pub Date: Feb. 8th, 1971
Publisher: Morrow