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The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear…

The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger (American Empire…

by Jonathan Schell

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Jonathan Schell's most recent book should be read along with Richard Rhodes' "Arsenals of Folly." Where Rhodes takes a "hard news" approach to the history of nuclear weapons, with a focus in his latest book on the history of disarmament efforts, Schell's agenda is broader, examining the psychology as well as the history of nuclear weapons, and he offers a conceptual road map to abolition of nuclear weapons. In the absence of an abolition movement such as the one that gained so much attention in the late 1970s and 1980s, Schell's book should inspire those who never knew or have forgotten how close we were to abolition twenty-some years ago. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805081291, Hardcover)

From the bestselling author of The Fate of the Earth, a provocative look at the urgent threat posed by America's new nuclear policies

When the cold war ended, many Americans believed the nuclear dilemma had ended with it. Instead, the bomb has moved to the dead center of foreign policy and even domestic scandal. From missing WMDs to the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, nuclear matters are back on the front page.

In this provocative book, Jonathan Schell argues that a revolution in nuclear affairs has occurred under the watch of the Bush administration, including a historic embrace of a first-strike policy to combat proliferation. The administration has also encouraged a nuclear renaissance at home, with the development of new generations of such weaponry. Far from curbing nuclear buildup, Schell contends, our radical policy has provoked proliferation in Iran, North Korea, and elsewhere; exacerbated global trafficking in nuclear weapons; and taken the world into an era of unchecked nuclear terror. Incisive and passionately argued, The Seventh Decade offers essential insight into what may prove the most volatile decade of the nuclear age.

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Discusses how the Bush Administration's policy of the preemptive use of force has changed the nuclear policies of other countries and increased the risk that leaders of unstable countries or terrorrists could obtain nuclear weapons and pose a threat to the world.… (more)

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