Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide.The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren't native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences. He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep, encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers.
With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestseller; over 1.5 million copies sold; is now a major PBS special.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Expanded from an article that created a stir in foreign policy circles, Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons makes an explosive case that these weapons just don't work.
An explosive rethinking of the power and purpose of nuclear weapons andmdash; and a call for radical action
Nuclear weapons have always been a serious but seemingly insoluble problem: while theyandrsquo;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:
andbull; that nuclear weapons necessarily shock and awe opponents, including Japan at the end of World War II
andbull; that nuclear deterrence is reliable in a crisis
andbull; that destruction wins wars
andbull; that the bomb has kept the peace for sixty-five years
andbull; and that we canandrsquo;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 donandrsquo;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.
About the Author
WARD WILSONandnbsp;is a senior fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has spoken before governments and at think tanks and universities, includingandnbsp;Stanford, Princeton, Georgetown, the Naval War College, and the United Nations.
Table of Contents
NUCLEAR WEAPONS SHOCK AND AWE OPPONENTS and#8195;1
H-BOMB QUANTUM LEAPand#8195;33
NUCLEAR DETERRENCE WORKS IN A CRISISand#8195;45
NUCLEAR WEAPONS KEEP US SAFEand#8195;66
THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVEand#8195;83