Glory and Terror
The Growing Nuclear Danger
Paperback ISBN: 1590171306
Steven Weinberg, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, writes that America today "has an unprecedented opportunity to begin to escape from the risk of nuclear annihilation." But, he warns, President Bush is not only letting this opportunity slip away, he is, in some respects, moving in the wrong direction. Bush's abrogation of the 1972 treaty limiting anti-ballistic missile systems is one example. Another, equally worrying, is the "revival of the idea of developing nuclear weapons for use, rather than solely for deterrence." The development of low-yield, earth-penetrating nuclear weapons for use in attacking underground bunkers "would be foolishness on a scale that even medieval knights might find implausible," Weinberg argues. Such weapons would be "one sort of folly to which war is especially well suited: the lust for glory." The temptation to prize military glamour over sensible strategy has always been with us, as Weinberg shows in examples from the Middle Ages onward, but may have a particularly dangerous effect on defense policies in our age of high-tech armaments. Anthony Lewis writes in his preface concerning these proposed weapons: "In the face of official folly so great, most of us tend to turn off. The subject is too difficult, and too frightening. But Steven Weinberg does not turn off. He grapples with the danger and the folly in understandable and elegant prose."
A Great Improvisation
Franklin, France, And the Birth of America
Paperback ISBN: 0805080090
Reveals how Benjamin Franklin outmaneuvered hostile colleagues, British spies, French informers, and other challenges to convince France to underwrite America's experiment in democracy.
The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile
Conversations With Arundhati Roy
Paperback ISBN: 0896087107
Roy is author of the Booker-winning The God of Small Things as well as a keen observer of the worldwide social and economic shakeup known as globalization. Here she sets aside her usual role as essayist and appears in four long conversations with Alternative Radio journalist Barsamian. The interviews, conducted between February 2001 and May 2003, cover the period's dramatic political confrontations and her own beginnings as an activist and writer. The work's title refers to a comment of Roy's about a new kind of imperialism: "When people have realized that the project of corporate globalization is doing them no good, then it has to be forced down people's throats. If the checkbook doesn't work, it's the cruise missile." Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Churchill's Grand Alliance
The Anglo-American Special Relationship 1940-57
Hardcover ISBN: 0151275815
A companion history to the author's controversial book on Winston Churchill, Churchill: The End of Glory, offers a provocative revisionist account of the "special relationship" between the U.S. and England during and after World War II. Tour.
The Best Intentions
Kofi Annan and the Un in the Era of American World Power
Hardcover ISBN: 0374182205
Analyzes the dramatically intertwined history of Kofi Annan, the United Nations, and American foreign policy from 1992 to the present in an in-depth assessment of Annan's tenure as secretary-general of the United Nations. 40,000 first printing.
A Problem from Hell
America and the Age of Genocide
Paperback ISBN: 0060541644
Discusses America's political stance during the holocausts of the past fifty years, presenting moral arguments for why the United States should change its non-engagement policies to become involved in conflicts involving genocide.