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Operation Plowshare: a proposal to use nuclear bombs for large engineering projects, such as a the construction of a second Panama Canal using 300 H-Bombs
"Few books capture so acutely the world-historical whiplash of the summer of 1914. . . . The supreme memoir of the grand European fin de siècle.”
—Alex Ross, The New Yorker
The problem is that today’s authoritarians are not like the frozen-in-time, ready-to-crack regimes of Burma and North Korea. They are ever-morphing, technologically savvy, and internationally connected, and have replaced more brutal forms of intimidation with subtle coercion.
We’ve always tended to look at the Second World War through a black-and-white prism: you’re either good or bad. People are either collaborators or they’re resistance fighters. This book looks at a shadowy world that involves moral compromises and people, even some disreputable people, who found it within themselves to do something incredible.