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Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons

Author: Ward Wilson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547858175

Category: History

Page: 208

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An explosive rethinking of the power and purpose of nuclear weapons — and a call for radical action Nuclear weapons have always been a serious but seemingly insoluble problem: while they’re obviously dangerous, they are also, apparently, necessary. This groundbreaking study shows why five central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are, in essence, myths. It is a myth: • that nuclear weapons necessarily shock and awe opponents, including Japan at the end of World War II • that nuclear deterrence is reliable in a crisis • that destruction wins wars • that the bomb has kept the peace for sixty-five years • and that we can’t put the nuclear genie back in the bottle Drawing on new information and the latest historical research, Wilson poses a fundamental challenge to the myths on which nuclear weapons policy is currently built. Using pragmatic arguments and an unemotional, clear-eyed insistence on the truth, he arrives at a surprising conclusion: nuclear weapons are enormously dangerous, but don’t appear to be terribly useful. In that case, he asks, why would we want to keep them? This book will be widely read and discussed by everyone who cares about war, peace, foreign policy, and security in the twenty-first century.

Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons

Author: Ward Wilson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054785787X

Category: History

Page: 187

View: 2184

An argument against the necessity of nuclear weapons challenges common beliefs that they overcome opposition, provide deterrence, and maintain peace, drawing on historical research to consider how the world could be peaceful without nuclear weaponry.

Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons

Author: Ward Wilson

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 9780544103252

Category: History

Page: 187

View: 6986

An argument against the necessity of nuclear weapons challenges common beliefs that they overcome opposition, provide deterrence, and maintain peace, drawing on historical research to consider how the world could be peaceful without nuclear weaponry.

India's Nuclear Bomb

The Impact on Global Proliferation

Author: George Perkovich

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520232105

Category: History

Page: 641

View: 7306

Publisher Fact Sheet The definitive history of India's long flirtation with nuclear capability, culminating in the nuclear tests that surprised the world in May 1998.

Command and Control

Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

Author: Eric Schlosser

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143125788

Category: History

Page: 632

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Presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.


Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age

Author: Dan Zak

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399173757

Category: HISTORY

Page: 402

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On July 28, 2012, three senior citizens broke into one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the world. An 82 Catholic nun, a Vietnam veteran, and a house smeared the walls with human blood and spray-painted quotes from the Bible. Then they waited to be arrested. This simple act spawned a complex discussion. In Almighty, Washington Post writer Dan Zak examines how events over the past 70 years led to this act, one of the most successful and high-profile demonstrations of anti-nuclear activism.

Dark Sun

The Making Of The Hydrogen Bomb

Author: Richard Rhodes

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143912647X

Category: History

Page: 736

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Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, is the definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind the development of the hydrogen bomb and the birth of the Cold War. Based on secret files in the United States and the former Soviet Union, this monumental work of history discloses how and why the United States decided to create the bomb that would dominate world politics for more than forty years.

The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory

Myths versus Reality

Author: Sheldon M. Stern

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804784329

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 1632

This book exposes the misconceptions, half-truths, and outright lies that have shaped the still dominant but largely mythical version of what happened in the White House during those harrowing two weeks of secret Cuban missile crisis deliberations. A half-century after the event it is surely time to demonstrate, once and for all, that RFK's Thirteen Days and the personal memoirs of other ExComm members cannot be taken seriously as historically accurate accounts of the ExComm meetings.

The Winning Weapon

The Atomic Bomb in the Cold War, 1945-1950

Author: Gregg Herken

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400859603

Category: Political Science

Page: 442

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This book makes clear how, and why, after World War II American diplomats tried to make the atom bomb a winning weapon," an absolute advantage in negotiations with the Soviet Union. But this policy failed utterly in the 1948 Berlin crisis, and at home the State Department opposed those scientists who advocated international cooperation on nuclear matters. Originally published in 1988. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Second Nuclear Age

Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics

Author: Paul Bracken

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429945044

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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A leading international security strategist offers a compelling new way to "think about the unthinkable." The cold war ended more than two decades ago, and with its end came a reduction in the threat of nuclear weapons—a luxury that we can no longer indulge. It's not just the threat of Iran getting the bomb or North Korea doing something rash; the whole complexion of global power politics is changing because of the reemergence of nuclear weapons as a vital element of statecraft and power politics. In short, we have entered the second nuclear age. In this provocative and agenda-setting book, Paul Bracken of Yale University argues that we need to pay renewed attention to nuclear weapons and how their presence will transform the way crises develop and escalate. He draws on his years of experience analyzing defense strategy to make the case that the United States needs to start thinking seriously about these issues once again, especially as new countries acquire nuclear capabilities. He walks us through war-game scenarios that are all too realistic, to show how nuclear weapons are changing the calculus of power politics, and he offers an incisive tour of the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia to underscore how the United States must not allow itself to be unprepared for managing such crises. Frank in its tone and farsighted in its analysis, The Second Nuclear Age is the essential guide to the new rules of international politics.

The Twilight of the Bombs

Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons

Author: Richard Rhodes

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307387410

Category: History

Page: 458

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The author offers a secret history of post-Cold War nuclear weapons, assesses the emerging threat of nuclear terrorism and the U.S.'s complicated relationships with rogue nations and explains what would make a post-nuclear world possible. By the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

The Butter Battle Book: Read & Listen Edition

Author: Seuss

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0385383290

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 56

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The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy the tasty treat differently. The timeless and topical rhyming text is an ideal way to teach young children about the issues of tolerance and respect. Whether in the home or in the classroom, The Butter Battle Book is a must-have for readers of all ages. This Read & Listen edition contains audio narration.

Nuclear war survival skills

Author: Cresson H. Kearny

Publisher: Ralph Hultgreen


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 232

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Power Hungry

The Myths of ""Green"" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future

Author: Robert Bryce

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 9781610390439

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 448

View: 5998

The promise of "green jobs" and a "clean energy future" has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannot--and will not--quit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near future for a simple reason: they provide the horsepower that we crave. The hard reality is that oil, coal, and natural gas are here to stay. Fueling our society requires that we make good decisions and smart investments based on facts. In Power Hungry, Bryce crushes a phalanx of energy myths, showing why renewables are not green, carbon capture and sequestration won't work, and even--surprise!--that the U.S. is leading the world in energy efficiency. Power Hungry delivers a clear-eyed view of what's needed to transform the gargantuan global energy sector.

Debunking 9/11 Myths

Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts

Author: David Dunbar,Brad Reagan

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781588166357

Category: History

Page: 170

View: 7294

Analyzes and refutes twenty of the most predominant theories involving the United States government's role in perpetrating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Death Object

Exploding the Nuclear Weapons Hoax

Author: Akio Nakatani

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781545516836


Page: 224

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PRODUCT INFO - Death Object Trickery is the way of war - thus has it always been. But the nuclear trick is the biggest, boldest and baddest-ass scam in all of mankind's ancient and eternal quest for power and profit through mass slaughter. DEATH OBJECT takes you behind the curtain and reveals the empty sound stage. The science, the history, the misery, the mystery - the full hoax is covered. The DOD and the security agencies all have amply-paid COINTELPRO media staff devoted to jackbooting publications that get the masses a little too 'interested" for their own good. They'll be on here trashing and thrashing this book within an inch of its life. Don't fall for that. You may have to duck, but you don't have to let them cover you with manure. DEATH OBJECT packs more evidential meat into a couple hundred tightly reasoned pages than any existing nuclear hoax website, conspiracy forum, blog series or YouTube video. Every element of the atomic bomb scam, the founding myth of the technological age, is tied to every other, coalescing into an unanswerable expos�. Table of Contents Prolog Introduction: SATAN II Fire Last Time First This Time Born Secret Enemy At the Gates Geek-Out Pinball as Extinction Level Event Binding Energy Stonewall The Nuclear Secret that Dare Not Speak Its Name Burn the Sky! Virtual Manhattan Project Checkmate The Secret Money Shot: TRINITY 'Fundamentally an Actor' Unit Testing? Jumbo 100-Ton Test I Am Become Death Trinitite Fool Me Twice: Japan 1945 Hiroshima Little Boy Firestorm! Seversky What's Going On? Medical Testimony Fire in the Hole! Matsushige Photographs No Bald Spot Trickery is the Way of War Un-Damaged or Pre-Damaged? Nagasaki Downfall The MIKE of the Beast H-Bomb Lookout Mountain Studios Bikini: Something Fishy Photo and Film Checklist Conspiracy! Fire No Time: Falsification References

The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

Author: Gar Alperovitz

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307773124

Category: History

Page: 864

View: 7814

Controversial in nature, this book demonstrates that the United States did not need to use the atomic bomb against Japan. Alperovitz criticizes one of the most hotly debated precursory events to the Cold War, an event that was largely responsible for the evolution of post-World War II American politics and culture. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Broken Arrow

The Declassified History of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Accidents

Author: James C. Oskins,Michael H. Maggelet


ISBN: 1435703618

Category: History

Page: 324

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Using declassified government material James C. Oskins and Michael H. Maggelet have written the most comprehensive and detailed study of the thirty six known U.S. nuclear weapons accidents, known as "Broken Arrows". The authors have poured through government documents, aircraft accidents reports, nuclear weapon incident and accident reports, and first hand accounts to shed light on the Department of Defense's vague summaries of nuclear weapons accidents. Their research dispels myths surrounding the Tybee and Goldsboro accidents, and provides great insight into the human element and the condition of individual weapons and AEC or DOD recovery operations regarding nearly every Broken Arrow. The underlying cause of such accidents, be it human error or equipment malfunction, is clearly shown in formerly secret reports and photographs.

Japan's Secret War

Author: Robert K. Wilcox

Publisher: Marlowe

ISBN: 9781569248157

Category: Political Science

Page: 268

View: 5604

After years of research based on material gathered by American intelligence during the occupation of Japan as well as extensive interviews with surviving participants, Robert Wilcox gives the first detailed account of Japan's version of the Manhattan Project - from its earliest days to the possible testing of an actual weapon. The story involves Japan's leading scientists, including a future Nobel prize winner; a network of Spanish spies working in North America; and a German U-boat desperately trying to reach Japan with a cargo of uranium in the final days before the Third Reich's collapse. But perhaps the most fascinating element is the giant industrial complex in northern Korea where the final aspects of the Japanese atomic research may have taken place. When the Soviet army invaded Korea at the war's end, they had the entire complex dismantled and shipped back to the Soviet Union. We can only speculate about the information they gained from it. This new edition includes recently unearthed research showing that the Japanese spent much more time on their atomic program than previously made public.

The Revenge of Gaia

Earth's Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity

Author: James Lovelock

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465008666

Category: Science

Page: 208

View: 9645

The key insight of Gaia Theory is that the entire Earth functions as a single living super-organism. But according to James Lovelock, the theory's originator, that organism is now sick. It is running a fever born of increased atmospheric greenhouse gases. Earth will adjust to these stresses, but the human race faces a severe test. It is already too late, Lovelock says, to prevent the global climate from “flipping” into an entirely new equilibrium that will threaten civilization as we know it. But we can do much to save humanity. In the tradition of Silent Spring, this is a call to address a major threat to our collective future.

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