The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War

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This text reveals the full extent of Britain's preparations for nuclear war during the Cold War. When would the Prime Minister have authorised the use of nuclear force? At what stage in a nuclear exchange would government and the country have broken down? Who would have gone with the PM and the War Cabinet and where was the immensely secret underground bunker that they would have gone to? What would the Queen have been told, and when, about the end of her kingdom? Peter Hennessy answers these questions in an accessible style.

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Peter Hennessy is Professor of Contemporary History at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945, Never Again: Britain 1945-1951 (winner of the 1993 NCR Prize) and Whitehall.

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Using recently declassified material, Hennessy reconstructs the picture of the Soviet threat which was presented to ministers from the last days of the Second World War to the 1960s. Includes previously unseen photographs of a secret government installation.

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