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The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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, nu
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Metropolitan Books (first published 2007)
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Feb 07, 2008 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emma by: My dad
A strong showing by Jonathan Schell as he takes us on a tour of the history of the nuclear dilemma and examines where we are today. Very informative and eye-opening, both in terms of history and a better understanding of the Bush government's "American Empire" project. Though a strong case for abolition is made throughout it did not leave me hopeful regarding the change in political wills that would be necessary to even begin that process. Furthermore I think that Schell leaves out the role of c ...more
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 ...more
"Schell's thesis is basically that the existence of nuclear knowledge is global, so we can only combat it through Global Empire or Global Abolition. He says he admires George Bush for having the coherence, will, and fortitude to try for Global Empire, but it simply won't work in practice--so we have to try for Global Abolition."

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Boring: dry and exceptionally wordy. Run-on sentences and run-on ideas. Read like a textbook, only non-comprehensible... Too bad, had potential.
An accurate account of the state of the world in terms of nuclear weapons. This book serves as a warning about nuclear anarchy!
Jeremiah Genest
Rather general and uninteresting view on the psychology of nulear arsenals.
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