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Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971-Present (Stanford Nuclear Age Series)by Wittner
Synopses & Reviews
Toward Nuclear Abolition presents the inspiring, dramatic story of how citizen activists helped curb the arms race and prevent nuclear war. Examining events from 1971 to the present, the author continues the account he began in two earlier volumes, One World or None and Resisting the Bomb. The book shows how pressure from the Nuclear Freeze campaign in the United States, the European Nuclear Disarmament campaign, and comparable movements around the world foiled the nuclear ambitions of hawkish government officials and forced them toward nuclear arms control and disarmament. A leading historian and peace researcher, the author combines extensive scholarly research with a pathbreaking account of how the largest mass movement of modern times saved the world from nuclear annihilation.
Book News Annotation:
Although it completes work begun with One World or None and Resisting the Bomb, this third volume of The Struggle Against the Bomb can also stand alone. Wittner (history, State U. of New York at Albany) describes the activities of the worldwide anti-nuclear weapons movement. He credits the movement with having saved the earth from nuclear destruction and rejects arguments that national security managers exercised nuclear restraint. He also argues that there has been far greater government responsiveness to the movement of average citizens than government officials admitted at the time or even would like to admit now. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Toward Nuclear Abolition presents the inspiring, dramatic story of how citizen activists helped curb the nuclear arms race and prevent nuclear war.
“Once again, for that great purpose, public opinion in all countries must be mobilised. Lawrence S. Wittners Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Disarmament Movement helps in that task to perfection. Readers of his previous books will need no incitement to get their hands on this one.”—Michael Foot, Tribune
“The saga of the world disarmament movement, whose complex strands Lawrence Wittner has brilliantly and lucidly woven together in Toward Nuclear Abolition, deserves the widest possible readership and retelling.”—Robert K. Musil, Executive Director and CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility and professor at American University
About the Author
Lawrence S. Wittner is Professor of History at the State University of New York, Albany.
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