Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons

Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons

Book - 2013
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Expanded from an article that created a stir in foreign policy circles, this book shows why five central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are, in essence, myths.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547857879
Branch Call Number: 355.0217 WILSON
Characteristics: 187 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 5 myths about nuclear weapons


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Oct 22, 2017

An interesting short book where the author attempts to change the viewpoint of nuclear weapons as being required for peace. The author does a fairly good job with the first four points of his thesis but is not very convincing to destroy the fifth myth.(They are already here so there is nothing you can do about it). Wishful thinking doesn't accomplish much in the end though there is certainly no harm in trying. Worth reading if you are interested.

Apr 16, 2013

In 124 pages, Ward Wilson, a senior fellow at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, calls into question the basic assumptions that have directed nuclear weapon policy (global as well as American) for 65 years. Persuasive, although, as much thought and study as Wilson has put into this topic (30 years) I think there are some nuances that didn't fit into 124 pages. Example: Hiroshima & Nagasaki were not the motivation for Japan's surrender, but an argument can be made that without a face-saving pretext for surrender, Japan would have been forced by its own culture to continue fighting to the last child standing. I intend to read The Second Nuclear Age by Paul Bracken for additional thoughts.


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