How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race
Hardcover ISBN: 0465021956
Perhaps no scientific breakthrough has shaped the course of human history as much as the harnessing of the atom. Yet the twentieth century might have turned out entirely differently had this powerful technology stayed under the control of Great Britain, whose scientists spearheaded the Allies’ nuclear arms program at the outset of World War II. As award-winning science historian Graham Farmelo reveals in Churchill’s Bomb, Britain’s supposedly visionary leader remained unconvinced of the potentially earth-shattering implications of his physicists’ research. Churchill ultimately shared Britain’s nuclear secrets with?and ceded its initiative to?America, whose successful development and deployment of an atomic bomb placed the United States in a position of supreme power at the dawn of the Nuclear Age. A groundbreaking investigation of the twentieth century’s most important scientific discovery, Churchill’s Bomb reveals the secret history of the weapon that transformed modern geopolitics.
Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe
Paperback ISBN: 1609804546
Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe is a focused discussion on the existential threats of our time, and their points of intersection since World War II. Both nuclear war and environmental catastrophe have the potential for similar outcomes: a world made uninhabitable by the scarcity of water, food and livable land. While a nuclear strike would require action, environmental catastrophe is partially defined by willful inaction in response to human-induced climate change. This short book, a series of interviews with Noam Chomsky by Laray Polk, exposes the economic matrix of dominant countries and the failure of the US to act in the face of exhaustive evidence. Denial of the facts is only half the equation, other factors contributing to degradation of the environment include extreme techniques for the extraction of remaining carbon deposits, the elimination of agricultural land for biofuel and the construction of dams, and the destruction of forests that are crucial carbon sequestration. On the subject of current nuclear tensions, Chomsky revisits the long-established option of a nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East, a proposal set in motion through a joint Egyptian-Iranian General Assembly resolution in 1974. This book serves as a warning that further postponement of nuclear disarmament and the productive search for sustainable energy will condemn the human species to catastrophic conditions in the very near future.
The D-Day Strategy and the Atomic Bomb
Hardcover ISBN: 1612349625
“Well there it is. It won’t work, but you must bloody well make it,” said the chief of Britain’s military leaders, when he gave orders to begin planning for what became known as Operation Overlord. While many view D-Day as one of the most successful operations of World War II, most aren’t aware of the intensive year of planning and political tension between the Allies that preceded the amphibious military landing on June 6, 1944. This intriguing history reveals how President Franklin D. Roosevelt, while on a fishing trip in the middle of World War II, altered his attitude toward Winston Churchill and became an advocate for Operation Overlord. Philip Padgett challenges the known narrative of this watershed moment in history and illuminates the diplomatic link between Normandy and the atomic bomb. He shows how the Allies came to agree on a liberation strategy that began with D-Day—and the difficult forging of British and American scientific cooperation that produced the atomic bomb. At its core this story is about how a new generation of leaders found the courage to step beyond national biases in a truly allied endeavor to carry out one of history’s most successful military operations.
Armageddon and Paranoia
The Nuclear Confrontation Since 1945
Hardcover ISBN: 019087029x
Former British Ambassador to the Soviet Union and author of the definitive account of the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Sir Rodric Braithwaite offers here a tour d'horizon of nuclear policy from the end of World War II and start of the Cold War to the present day. Armageddon and Paranoia unfolds the full history of nuclear weapons that began with the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union and now extends worldwide. For decades, an apocalypse seemed imminent, staved off only by the certainty that if one side launched these missiles the other would launch an equally catastrophic counterstrike. This method of avoiding all-out nuclear warfare was called "Deterrence," a policy of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Still, though neither side actively wanted to plunge the world into nuclear wasteland, the possibility of war by misjudgment or mistake meant fears could never be entirely assuaged. Both an exploration of Deterrence and the long history of superpower nuclear policy, Armageddon and Paranoia comes at a time when tensions surrounding nuclear armament have begun mounting once more. No book until this one has offered so comprehensive a history of the topic that has guided--at times dominated--the world in which we live.
Burning the Sky
Operation Argus and the Untold Story of the Cold War Nuclear Tests in Outer Space
Hardcover ISBN: 1468314173
Draws on extensive research into the sociological and political impact of Cold War science as well as recently declassified sources in an account of the controversial Project Argus experiment and the unconventional vision of physicist Nicholas Christofilos. Illustrations.
Paperback ISBN: 1908966483
Photographs have a crucial place in the representation of the atomic age and its anxieties. Camera Atomica examines narratives beyond the ?technological sublime
China's Evolving Nuclear Deterrent
Major Drivers and Issues for the United States
Paperback ISBN: 083309646x
This report analyzes international and domestic factors that will affect China’s approach to nuclear deterrence, how those drivers may evolve over the next 15 years, and what impact they are likely to have.
The Dead Hand
The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0307387844
This riveting narrative history of the end of the arms race sheds new light on the frightening last chapters of the Cold War and the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today. During the Cold War, world superpowers amassed nuclear arsenals containing the explosive power of one million Hiroshimas. The Soviet Union secretly plotted to create the “Dead Hand,” a system designed to launch an automatic retaliatory nuclear strike on the United States, and developed a fearsome biological warfare machine. President Ronald Reagan, hoping to awe the Soviets into submission, pushed hard for the creation of space-based missile defenses. In the first full account of how the arms race finally ended, The Dead Hand provides an unprecedented look at the inner motives and secret decisions of each side. Drawing on top-secret documents from deep inside the Kremlin, memoirs, and interviews in both Russia and the United States, David Hoffman introduces the scientists, soldiers, diplomats, and spies who saw the world sliding toward disaster and tells the gripping story of how Reagan, Gorbachev, and many others struggled to bring the madness to an end. When the Soviet Union dissolved, the danger continued, and the United States began a race against time to keep nuclear and biological weapons out of the hands of terrorists and and rogue states. From the Hardcover edition.
Conspiracy, Cover-Up, and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb
Hardcover ISBN: 1610399617
Describes how Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill started the Cold War by building an atomic bomb and excluding their Russian allies, prompting a German Communist igré to begin leaking secrets to the Soviets. 25,000 first printing.
Spanish Paperback ISBN: 8483468549
La crónica sobre seis supervivientes de Hiroshima que se convirtió en un gran clásico del periodismo. Toda persona que sepa leer, debería leer este libro.»Saturday Review of Literature. El verano de 1945, William Shawn, director ejecutivo de The New Yorker, habló con el reportero John Hersey sobre la idea de publicar un relato que ilustrara la dimensión humana de los efectos de la bomba atómica en Hiroshima, pues le causaba estupor comprobar que, pese a la gran cantidad de información sobre la bomba que recibían, se estaba ignorando lo que realmente había ocurrido en Hiroshima. El reportero aceptó el encargo. Hershey viajó a Hiroshima para investigar y entrevistar a varios supervivientes de la explosión de la bomba atómica, lanzada el 6 de agosto de 1945, y decidió que el retrato lo conformarían seis testimonios: una oficinista, Toshiko Sasaki; un médico, el Dr. Masakazu Fuji; una viuda a cargo de sus tres hijos pequeños, Hatsuyo Nakamura; un misionero alemán, el padre Wilhem Kleinsorge; un joven cirujano, el Dr. Terufumi Sasaki y un pastor metodista, el reverendo Kiyoshi Tanimoto. La publicación de Hiroshima trajo consigo una enorme conmoción. El reportaje se publicó en una edición monotemática de The New Yorker el 31 de agosto de 1946. La revista se agotó inmediatamente y de todo el mundo llegó una avalancha de peticiones de reimpresión. Su difusión corrió como la pólvora y en pocos meses la editorial Alfred A. Knopf lo publicó como libro, permitiendo que al año siguiente ya se hubiera traducido y publicado prácticamente en todo el mundo. En la actualidad Hiroshima lleva vendidos más de un millón de ejemplares y es un referente del periodismo de investigación y un clásico de la literatura de guerra. Es el único artículo, entre los millares de textos escritos sobre la bomba atómica, que describe cómo era la vida para las personas que habían sobrevivido a un ataque nuclear. Y está considerado como «el más famoso artículo de revista jamás publicado». ENGLISH DESCRIPTION "The accounts of six Hiroshima survivors that became a great journalism classic. Anyone who can read should read this book." - Saturday Review of Literature On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a city. That summer William Shawn, executive director of The New Yorker, summoned reporter John Hersey to write a story that illustrated the human effects of the atomic bomb. He accepted the assignment, then traveled to Hiroshima. This is his journalistic masterpiece that tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of six survivors, this timeless, powerful, and compassionate document has become a classic that stirs the conscience of humanity. The report was published in a special edition of The New Yorker on August 31, 1946, and the magazine was sold out immediately. The news of that edition and its content spread like wildfire, and in a few months publisher Alfred A. Knopf published it as a book. It is considered "the most famous magazine article ever published."