"I do not understand or accept the morality of a policy which requires that the lives of innocent children, women and men, whether Soviet or American, be held hostage to the political power and authority of the leaders of either nation. I think it immoral for national leadership to fail to plan for national survival and population protection."This updated and expanded edition of Nuclear War Survival Skills gives instructions that have enabled untrained Americans to make high-protection-factor expedient shelters, efficient air pumps to ventilate and cool shelters, the only homemakeable fallout radiation meter that is accurate and dependable, and other life-support equipment. These instructions have been developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory civil defense researchers and others over the past 14 years, and have been field-tested repeatedly under simulated crisis conditions.
Bardyl Tirana, Director of the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency during the Carter Administration
Cresson Kearny is the leading inventor and field-tester of self-help survival equipment. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and two Honours degrees from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Before and during World War II Kearny pioneered the development and testing of jungle combat equipment. In 1964 he initiated self-help civil defense research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory work that he has continued in many states and several countries.
"This book takes a long overdue step in educating the American people. It does not suggest that survival is easy. It does not prove that national survival is possible. But it can save lives and it will stimulate thought and action which will be crucial in our two main purposes: to preserve freedom and to avoid war."
Dr. Edward Teller
"Readers will be astonished at the wide variety of the problems which have excited his enquiry and the cunning simplicity of some of his solutions. There is no other book which offers so rounded a view of this large subject nor any on a smaller scale which one could recommend with so few reservations."
Journal of the Institute of Civil Defence, London
282 pgs. ($24.95)