Summary of The Inside Story of How Presidents Prepare for Armageddon

Looking for the video?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 5 minutes.

The Inside Story of How Presidents Prepare for Armageddon summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans


9 Overall

10 Importance

9 Innovation

8 Style


When Garrett Graff was editor at Washingtonian magazine, a co-worker brought him a US intelligence officer’s ID badge found in a parking garage. On the back, Graff discovered directions that led him to Raven Rock, a secret government bunker in Pennsylvania. Thus began his journalistic investigation. In this interview with Duke University professor Peter Feaver, Graff describes how the US government plans to survive a nuclear strike and how easily the president can order nuclear war. Amid the heightened nuclear tensions of 2017, getAbstract believes that people may find this a timely eye-opener and enjoy Graff’s historical human-interest anecdotes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the US government plans to survive a nuclear attack,
  • How these plans have evolved throughout various international conflicts and American presidencies, and
  • How easily the US president can order nuclear war.

About the Speaker

Historian Garrett Graff, a former editor of Politico, is the author of Raven Rock.



Following World War II, the US government plotted to ensure its leadership would survive a nuclear attack or other heavy catastrophe. The stealth plans, still active today, prescribed how the nation would preserve “continuity of government.” The government created three main bunkers:

Get the key points from this video in 10 minutes.

For you

Find the right subscription plan for you.

For your company

We help you build a culture of continuous learning.

 or log in

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category