The book about Nixon and Kissinger's Madman diplomacy in 1969 concerning the Vietnam War, which culminated in a secret nuclear alert in October of that year. The story is set in the context of nuclear threat-making during the Cold War from 1945 to 1973, bureaucratic infighting, international diplomacy, domestic politics, the antiwar movement, and the nuclear taboo.
William Burr is senior analyst, National Security Archive, George Washington University, USA. Jeffrey P. Kimball is professor of history, emeritus at Miami (OH) University, USA. He is the author of The Vietnam War Files and Nixon's Vietnam War, both published by Kansas.