Nuclear Warfare
Churchill's Bomb: How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race
Churchill's Bomb
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
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.
Advocating Overlord: The D-Day Strategy and the Atomic Bomb
Advocating Overlord
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.
The American Atom: A Documentary History of Nuclear Policies from the Discovery of Fission to the Present
The American Atom
A Documentary History of Nuclear Policies from the Discovery of Fission to the Present
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0812213548
Debate over nuclear policy, whether about nuclear weapons or nuclear energy, most often focuses on issues of the present or the future. The documents collected in The American Atom remind us, however, that the issues involved have a past…We follow the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the 'father of the American bomb,' thorough his letters, observations of those close to the Manhattan Project and testimony to the Atomic Energy Commission. President Dwight Eisenhower's 1953 'Atoms for Peace' speech demonstrates how far back calls for nuclear sanity go, and the listing of nuclear-weapons accidents shows how dangerous it may be to ignore those calls.
Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation Since 1945
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.
The Army's Nuclear Power Program: The Evolution of a Support Agency
The Army's Nuclear Power Program
The Evolution of a Support Agency
Hardcover      ISBN: 0313272263
At the Nuclear Precipice: Catastrophe or Transformation?
At the Nuclear Precipice
Catastrophe or Transformation?
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0230608957
This book focuses on an even more urgent and “inconvenient truth” than global warming. At the nuclear precipice, humanity’s choices are catastrophe or transformation. This book explores the present nuclear predicament, and how to step away from the precipice and assure humanity’s future. It examines the intersections between international law and national policies; and between nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear disarmament. The book offers a way out if policy makers of leading countries can summon the vision and political will to move in a new direction.
At the Nuclear Precipice: Catastrophe or Transformation?
At the Nuclear Precipice
Catastrophe or Transformation?
Paperback      ISBN: 023060904x
This book focuses on an even more urgent and “inconvenient truth” than global warming. At the nuclear precipice, humanity’s choices are catastrophe or transformation. This book explores the present nuclear predicament, and how to step away from the precipice and assure humanity’s future. It examines the intersections between international law and national policies; and between nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear disarmament. The book offers a way out if policy makers of leading countries can summon the vision and political will to move in a new direction.
Behavior, Society and Nuclear War
Behavior, Society and Nuclear War
Paperback      ISBN: 019505766x
Behavior, Society and Nuclear War
Behavior, Society and Nuclear War
Paperback      ISBN: 0195057686