1 January 2003

Nixon's Nuclear Ploy

William Burr

William Burr is a senior analyst at George Washington University's...


Jeffrey Kimball

Jeffrey Kimball is a professor of history at Miami University and the co-author of Nixon’s Nuclear Specter: The Secret...

Richard Nixon thought a secret, worldwide nuclear alert would remain unknown to the American public, and he was right. But his strategy–to threaten the Soviets into helping bring an end to the Vietnam war–was unsuccessful. They may not even have noticed.