Dirty Little Secrets: Military Information You're Not Supposed to Know

James F. Dunnigan, Author, James F. Dunningan, Author, Albert A. Nofi, With
James F. Dunnigan, Author, James F. Dunningan, Author, Albert A. Nofi, With William Morrow & Company $19.95 (464p) ISBN 978-0-688-08948-1
Reviewed on: 12/01/1990
Release date: 12/01/1990
This sobering collection of informational nuggets about modern warfare provides basic facts (usually in single-paragraph format) about chemical-warfare potential in Third World countries, electronic warfare, the Asian arms race, reactive armor, combat microcomputers, the latest developments in lasers for military use--and almost 900 other topics. Culled from open sources, the book is also rich in trivia: 98% of CIA staff are ``nerds and buffs'' (technicians and academics); the Soviet Army has no basic-training period; federal pensions are still being paid to a dozen widows of Civil War veterans; articles on the benefits of masturbation appear in Soviet military journals. We also learn that more than a million people die every year from the direct and indirect effects of war; this handbook briefly covers the equipment and techniques available for mass and individual wartime slaughter. Dunnigan and Nofi are developers of war-game simulations. (Dec.)
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