Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons

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Vintage Books, 2011 - History - 458 pages
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The final volume in Richard Rhodes's prizewinning history of nuclear weapons offers the first comprehensive narrative of the challenges faced in the post-Cold War age.
 
The past twenty years have transformed our relationship with nuclear weapons drastically. With extraordinary depth of knowledge and understanding, Richard Rhodes makes clear how the five original nuclear powers--Russia, Great Britain, France, China, and especially the United States--have struggled with new realities. He reveals the real reasons George W. Bush chose to fight a second war in Iraq, assesses the emerging threat of nuclear terrorism, and offers advice on how our complicated relationships with North Korea and South Asia should evolve. Finally, he imagines what a post-nuclear world might look like, as only he can.
  

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Review: The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons

User Review  - Adam Robinson - Goodreads

It's hard to do better than your best. This is the fourth and last book in Rhodes' study on nuclear weapons. Unfortunately nothing will ever compare to his Pulitzer prize winning The Making of the ... Read full review

Review: The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons

User Review  - Louis C Smith - Goodreads

must read for nuclear literacy. Rhodes makes it clear that the continued presence of nuclear weapons, the continued confrontation with North Korea, and the $3 trillion cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the legacy of conservative Republicans. Read full review

Contents

A Different Country
12
Cutting Saddams Sinews
36
True Courage
56
Following the Calutron Trail
74
PART TWO BREAKDOWN AND REFORMATION
103
Many Little Monsters
123
Waiting for Forty Years
150
PART THREE COMING IN FROM THE COLD
177
The Dog Ate My Homework
Z-93
Regime Change
321
15
334
The Twilight of the Bombs
360
Notes
387
36
389
123
396
Bibliography 417
416

Leaving the Lrmger
198
A Million and a Trillion
Z-20
Great Leaders
Z-52
The Cornerstone of Peace and Stability
Z-67
Acknowledgments
437
198
442
293
449
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Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-three books, including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in History. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford, Guggenheim, MacArthur, and Alfred P. Sloan foundations, among others. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, and a host and correspondent for the public television series Frontline and American Experience. He lectures frequently in the United States and abroad. He lives near Half Moon Bay, California.

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