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Nuclear Proliferation
The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
The Doomsday Machine
Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
Paperback      ISBN: 1608196739

Shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

From the legendary Pentagon Papers whistle-blower, an eyewitness expos of America's Top Secret, seventy-year nuclear policy that continues to this day.

Here, for the first time, former high-level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking firsthand account of America's nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization--and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration--threatens our very survival. No other insider with high-level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era.

Framed as a memoir--a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating--this gripping expos reads like a thriller and offers feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing doomsday machine and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistle-blower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real-life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful--and powerfully important--book about not just our country, but the future of the world.
Arms on the Market: Reducing the Risk of Proliferation in the Former Soviet Union
Arms on the Market
Reducing the Risk of Proliferation in the Former Soviet Union
Paperback      ISBN: 0415920590

Almost overnight, the massive military-industrial assets of the Soviet Union came under the jurisdiction of fifteen states instead of one established government. While only four states inherited weapons of mass destruction, most of the fifteen states of the former Soviet Union can produce sensitive materials and equipment. Because all the states serve as transit points for both legal commerce and illegal smuggling, developing export control systems in all the newly independent states (NIS) has become the cornerstone of the global effort to reduce the risk of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Arms on the Market is the first book to tackle this difficult subject. Not only does it explore the various theoretical approaches that help us understand the development of export control systems in the nis, but it also introduces a unique method for measuring and comparing export control development.
The Day We Lost the H-Bomb: Cold War, Hot Nukes, and the Worst Nuclear Weapons Disaster in History
The Day We Lost the H-Bomb
Cold War, Hot Nukes, and the Worst Nuclear Weapons Disaster in History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0891419047

This work presents an account of the greatest nuclear disaster in history. It tells how almost 40 years ago, the US Air Force accidentally dropped four hydrogen bombs on Spain. It also looks at the resulting fall-out and the technical developments to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again.

A Path Where No Man Thought: Nuclear Winter and the End of the Arms Race
A Path Where No Man Thought
Nuclear Winter and the End of the Arms Race
Hardcover      ISBN: 0394583078

An analysis of the potentially devastating consequences of nuclear war discusses the environmental impact of nuclear winter and proposes changes in international nuclear policies

Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age
Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age
Hardcover      ISBN: 0399173757
**A Washington Post "Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016"**

ON A TRANQUIL SUMMER NIGHT in July 2012, a trio of peace activists infiltrated the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Nicknamed the "Fort Knox of Uranium," Y-12 was supposedly one of the most secure sites in the world, a bastion of warhead parts and hundreds of tons of highly enriched uranium--enough to power thousands of nuclear bombs. The three activists--a house painter, a Vietnam War veteran, and an 82-year-old Catholic nun--penetrated the complex's exterior with alarming ease; their strongest tools were two pairs of bolt cutters and three hammers. Once inside, these pacifists hung protest banners, spray-painted biblical messages, and streaked the walls with human blood. Then they waited to be arrested.

WITH THE BREAK-IN and their symbolic actions, the activists hoped to draw attention to a costly military-industrial complex that stockpiles deadly nukes. But they also triggered a political and legal firestorm of urgent and troubling questions. What if they had been terrorists? Why do the United States and Russia continue to possess enough nuclear weaponry to destroy the world several times over?

IN ALMIGHTY, WASHINGTON POST REPORTER Dan Zak answers these questions by reexamining America's love-hate relationship to the bomb, from the race to achieve atomic power before the Nazis did to the solemn 70th anniversary of Hiroshima. At a time of concern about proliferation in such nations as Iran and North Korea, the U.S. arsenal is plagued by its own security problems. This life-or-death quandary is unraveled in Zak's eye-opening account, with a cast that includes the biophysicist who first educated the public on atomic energy, the prophet who predicted the creation of Oak Ridge, the generations of activists propelled into resistance by their faith, and the Washington bureaucrats and diplomats who are trying to keep the world safe. Part historical adventure, part courtroom drama, part moral thriller, Almighty reshapes the accepted narratives surrounding nuclear weapons and shows that our greatest modern-day threat remains a power we discovered long ago.
A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry
A Nuclear Family Vacation
Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry
Hardcover      ISBN: 1596913789

Two Washington, D.C., defense reporters do for nukes what Sarah Vowell did for presidential assassinations in this fascinating, kaleidoscopic portrait of nuclear weaponry.
In "A Nuclear Family Vacation," husband-and-wife journalists Sharon Weinberger and Nathan Hodge hit the open road to explore the secretive world of nuclear weaponry. Along the way, they answer the questions most nuclear tourists don't get to ask: Are nuclear weapons still on hair-trigger alert? Is there such a thing as a suitcase nuke? Is Iran really building the bomb? Together, Weinberger and Hodge visit top-secret locations like the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility in Iran, the United States' Kwajalein military outpost in the Marshall Islands, the Y-12 facility in Tennessee, and "Site R," a bunker known as the "Underground Pentagon," rumored to be Vice President Cheney's personal "undisclosed location" of choice. Their atomic road trip reveals plans to revitalize the U.S. nuclear arsenal, even as the United States pushes other countries to disarm. Weaving together travel writing with world-changing events, "A Nuclear Family Vacation" unearths unknown and often quite entertaining stories about the nuclear world."

The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times
The Age of Deception
Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times
Paperback      ISBN: 1250007607

Mohammed ElBaradei is one of the genuinely great leaders of his generation.--Graham T. Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

As the director of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Contending with the Bush administration's assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the West's standoff with Iran, he emerged as a lone independent voice, uniquely credible in the Arab world and the West alike. As questions over Iran's nuclear capacity continue to fill the media, ElBaradei's account is both enlightening and fascinating.

ElBaradei takes us inside the nuclear fray, from behind-the-scenes exchanges in Washington and Baghdad to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers. He decries an us-versus-them approach and insists on the necessity of relentless diplomacy. We have no other choice, ElBaradei says. The other option is unthinkable.
Alternative Nuclear Futures: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War World
Alternative Nuclear Futures
The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War World
Hardcover      ISBN: 019829624x

In recent years, a major debate has emerged over the future role of nuclear weapons in world politics. Focusing attention on the role of nuclear weapons in the post-cold war world, this book argues that unlike the debates which emerged during the cold war period, the contemporary debate has
taken place largely in private, with only limited involvement by the general public. Contributions from leading academics take up key themes that have emerged in the controversy.

The Anthropology of War and Peace: Perspectives on the Nuclear Age
The Anthropology of War and Peace
Perspectives on the Nuclear Age
Hardcover      ISBN: 0897891422

Drawing parallels between tribal behavior and international relations to demonstrate that societies are not inherently aggressive but are led into conflict when pride or in-group pressures push people to fight, this profound look at the chilling reality of cold war and its arsenal of nuclear destruction offers valuable new insights into how prejudices and stereotypes contribute to what may seem like an inexorable drift to war. Yet the authors conclude that war is not inevitable, as they offer suggestions for an end to the arms race in the nuclear age. Based on original research, this is a long overdue contribution to the study of war and peace in our time and a text for newly emerging courses on the subject.

The Arms Race at a Time of Decision: Annals of Pugwash 1983
The Arms Race at a Time of Decision
Annals of Pugwash 1983
Paperback      ISBN: 0333376498