Waging Nuclear Peace
The Technology and Politics of Nuclear Weapons
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Waging Nuclear Peace is a clear and informative interdisciplinary survey of the issues surrounding nuclear war. It raises and attempts to answer questions that often go unasked. How can we measure the risk of nuclear war? Will slowing the arms race reduce the risk of war? Is disarmament desirable or undesirable in this respect?
Robert Ehrlich has succeeded in being as objective as possible, while at the same time taking well-defined positions on a wide range of subjects. Yet the book does not purport to have the answers to the nuclear dilemma. Instead, it assists the reader in thinking through the issues and in coming to a personal conclusion.
Comprehensive in its scope, Waging Nuclear Peace encompasses both technical issues, such as the effects of nuclear weapons, and policy issues, such as arms control, the nature of the arms race, and the feasibility of civil defense. It includes material on new findings concerning "nuclear winter" — the catastrophic change in global climate that might follow a nuclear war.
Robert Ehrlich chairs the Department of Physics at George Mason University, Virginia.