The study examines the full range of effects that nuclear war would
have on civilians: direct effects from blast and radiation; and indirect effects
from economic , social, and politicai disruption. Particular attention is
devoted to the ways in which the impact of a nuclear war would extend over
time. Two of the study’s principal findings are that conditions would continue
to get worse for some time after a nuclear war ended, and that the effects
of nuclear war that cannot be calculated in advance are at least as important
as those which analysts attempt to quantify.