Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear by Lawrence S. Wittner

By Lawrence S. Wittner

Confronting the Bomb tells the dramatic, inspiring tale of ways citizen activism helped lessen the nuclear palms race and stop nuclear conflict. This abbreviated model of Lawrence Wittner's award-winning trilogy, The fight opposed to the Bomb, exhibits how a global, grassroots campaign—the biggest social circulation of contemporary times—challenged the nuclear priorities of the nice powers and, finally, thwarted their nuclear targets. in line with immense learn within the documents of peace and disarmament organisations and in previously best mystery govt documents, huge interviews with antinuclear activists and govt officers, and memoirs and different released fabrics, Confronting the Bomb opens a distinct window on some of the most very important problems with the fashionable period: survival within the nuclear age. It covers the total interval of important competition to the bomb, from the ultimate phases of the second one global battle as much as the current. alongside the best way, it presents interesting glimpses of the interplay of key nuclear disarmament activists and policymakers, together with Albert Einstein, Harry Truman, Albert Schweitzer, Norman Cousins, Nikita Khrushchev, Bertrand Russell, Andrei Sakharov, Linus Pauling, Dwight Eisenhower, Harold Macmillan, John F. Kennedy, Randy Forsberg, Mikhail Gorbachev, Helen Caldicott, E.P. Thompson, and Ronald Reagan. total, notwithstanding, it's a tale of well known mobilization and its effectiveness.

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Eventually, J. Edgar Hoover’s minions gathered some 1,500 pages of evidence on Einstein’s allegedly subversive activities, including articles he had written for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and other publications calling for nuclear arms controls and world government. Only in 1955, after the famed scientist’s death, did the FBI close the Einstein case. Other nonaligned nuclear critics also received a sharp rebuff. S. agents and held for two weeks before being allowed to continue. Excoriating “the ‘One Worlders,’” Baruch charged that they were undermining plans for nuclear arms controls.

S. forces were close to military defeat at the hands of non-nuclear powers. Furthermore, there was no prospect of a nuclear counterattack by the Soviet Union—a nation that was not participating in the conflict, had only recently developed an atomic bomb, and lacked an effective delivery system for it. But, thanks to the worldwide antinuclear campaign, employing the Bomb in war had become politically difficult. S. ” Similarly, the State Department’s Far East specialist warned that use of the Bomb on an Asian population would cause a “revulsion of feeling” to “spread throughout Asia.

International police force. ” Arguing that “the Atomic Age is proving the futility of military protection,” they laid plans for the development of a worldwide nonviolent resistance movement. Although antinuclear scientists failed in their attempts to build a formal international organization, they did manage to develop an informal network of concerned scientists. Determined to “promote an interchange 23 The Rise of Popular Protest, 1945–1953 of information and ideas” leading to “international atomic energy control,” the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) mailed over 10,000 pamphlets on the nuclear issue to scientists in more than 60 nations.

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