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Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford Nuclear Age)

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Publisher Comments:

Confronting the Bomb tells the dramatic, inspiring story of how citizen activism helped curb the nuclear arms race and prevent nuclear war. This abbreviated version of Lawrence Wittner's award-winning trilogy, The Struggle Against the Bomb, shows how a worldwide, grassroots campaign—the largest social movement of modern times—challenged the nuclear priorities of the great powers and, ultimately, thwarted their nuclear ambitions. Based on massive research in the files of peace and disarmament organizations and in formerly top secret government records, extensive interviews with antinuclear activists and government officials, and memoirs and other published materials, Confronting the Bomb opens a unique window on one of the most important issues of the modern era: survival in the nuclear age. It covers the entire period of significant opposition to the bomb, from the final stages of the Second World War up to the present. Along the way, it provides fascinating glimpses of the interaction of key nuclear disarmament activists and policymakers, including Albert Einstein, Harry Truman, Albert Schweitzer, Norman Cousins, Nikita Khrushchev, Bertrand Russell, Andrei Sakharov, Linus Pauling, Dwight Eisenhower, Harold Macmillan, John F. Kennedy, Randy Forsberg, Mikhail Gorbachev, Helen Caldicott, E.P. Thompson, and Ronald Reagan. Overall, however, it is a story of popular mobilization and its effectiveness.

Book News Annotation:

This series seeks to broaden the base of scholarship and pedagogy in the national security and arms control field, through paperback reissues of important out-of-print works and original publication of new scholarship. This abbreviated version of the author's award-winning trilogy, The Struggle Against the Bomb, shows how a worldwide grassroots campaign challenged the nuclear priorities of great powers. Based on the files of peace and disarmament organizations, formerly top secret government records, interviews with antinuclear activists and government officials, and memoirs and other published materials, the book provides fascinating glimpses of interactions among key activists and policymakers including Albert Einstein, Harry Truman, and Linus Pauling. Wittner teaches history at the State University of New York- Albany and is former president of the Peace History Society. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Confronting the Bomb tells the dramatic, inspiring story of how citizen activism helped curb the nuclear arms race and prevent nuclear war.

About the Author

Lawrence S. Wittner is Professor of History at the State University of New York, Albany, and former President of the Peace History Society. He is the author of the trilogy, published by Stanford University Press, The Struggle Against the Bomb: One World or None (1993), Resisting the Bomb (1997), and Toward Nuclear Abolition (2003).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804756327
Author:
Wittner, Lawrence
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Wittner, Lawrence S.
Subject:
Antinuclear movement -- History.
Subject:
Nuclear disarmament -- History.
Subject:
International Relations - Arms Control
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Stanford Nuclear Age Series
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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