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The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World without Nuclear Weaponsby Richard Rhodes
Synopses & Reviews
The culminating volume in Richard Rhodes's monumental and prizewinning history of nuclear weapons, offering the first comprehensive narrative of the challenges faced in a post-Cold War age.
The past twenty years have transformed our relationship with nuclear weapons drastically. With extraordinary depth of knowledge and understanding, Rhodes makes clear how the five original nuclear powers--Russia, Great Britain, France, China, and especially the United States--have struggled with new realities. He shows us how the stage was set for a second tragic war when Iraq secretly destroyed its nuclear infrastructure and reveals the real reasons George W. Bush chose to fight a second war in Iraq. We see how the efforts of U.S. weapons labs laid the groundwork for nuclear consolidation in the former Soviet Union, how and why South Africa secretly built and then destroyed a small nuclear arsenal, and how Jimmy Carter's private diplomacy prevented another Korean War.
We also see how the present day represents a nuclear turning point and what hope exists for our future. Rhodes assesses the emerging threat of nuclear terrorism and offers advice on how our complicated relationships with North Korea and South Asia should evolve. Finally, he imagines what a post-nuclear world might look like, suggesting what might make it possible.
Powerful and persuasive, The Twilight of the Bombs is an essential work of contemporary history.
From the Hardcover edition.
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.
About the Author
Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-three books, including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in History. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, and a host and correspondent for public television’s Frontline and American Experience. He lives near Half Moon Bay, California.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Following the Calutron Trail: "President Bush's Frankenstein" ; Cutting Saddam's sinews ; True courage ; Following the Calutron Trail — Part 2. Breakdown and reformation: The little suitcase ; Many little monsters ; Waiting forty years — Part 3. Coming in from the Cold: Preventive defense ; Leaving the Laager ; A million and a trillion ; Great leaders ; The cornerstone of peace and stability ; The dog ate my homework — Part 4. An intolerable threat to all humanity: Regime change ; The hard stare into the abyss ; The twilight of the bombs.
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