- A Century of Waging War
- Narrated by: Dennis Holland
- Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-03-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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Edward Teller, "the father of the hydrogen bomb"
Robert Oppenheimer, head of atomic bomb design at Los Alamos
Curtis LeMay, who led the fire-bombing of Japan
Herman Kahn, nuclear strategist and a model for Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove
Abraham Karem, inventor of the Predator
And many others
Coffey also examines the increasingly detached nature of modern American warfare - the ultimate goal is to remove soldiers from the battlefield entirely - which limits casualties (211,454 in Vietnam and only 1,231 in the Gulf War) but also lessens the political and psychological costs of going to war. Examining the backstories of every major American weapons development, American Arsenal is essential listening for anyone interested in the continuing evolution of the U.S. defense program.
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By Cetra777 on 02-09-18
unflinching look at warfare
The author tells the story of the deeply flawed men who doomed the 20th century and whose hubris haunts us even now. With the threat of large scale war on the rise this book is more relevant now than at publication.