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This is an auction for THE SECRET STATE: WHITEHALL AND THE CLD WAR, by Peter Hennessy.

"THE SECRET STATE is the story of a group of people who, with a bit of luck and a lot of skill, actually got it right. Had you asked many politicians or military personnel back in 1952, very few would have put money on the world remaining free of nuclear war for the next 50 years. But, with a few narrow squeaks along the way, peace prevailed. THE SECRET STATE goes some way to explaining Britain's part in that achievement. In 1992 the Conservative government began to drip-feed previously classified documents into the public domain. To date more than 100,000 items have been released. From these, Peter Hennessy has been able to piece together all the retaliation procedures had a nuclear strike been launched against Britain. The picture that emerges is surprisingly reassuring; far from being the hawks of popular imagination, the military went to great lengths to keep us out of a nuclear war, both by their actions at home and abroad. Britain may have been a smallish player compared to the US and the USSR in the global nuclear game, but it did its share of keeping the peace by curbing some of its more aggressive American counterparts. Hennessy is a master at bringing dusty archives to life and THE SECRET STATE is one of those rare books that reflects credit not only on the author but on its subjects, too. This is a must read for anyone who has ever wondered just how lucky they are to still be alive."

Hardback 2002.

254 pages + photographs.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $5.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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