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Sleepwalking to Armageddon

The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation
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Helen Caldicott

A frightening but necessary assessment of the threat posed by nuclear weapons in the twenty-first century, edited by the world’s leading antinuclear activist

With the world’s attention focused on climate change and terrorism, we are in danger of taking our eyes off the nuclear threat. But rising tensions between Russia and NATO, proxy wars erupting in Syria and Ukraine, a nuclear-armed Pakistan, and stockpiles of aging weapons unsecured around the globe make a nuclear attack or a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility arguably the biggest threat facing humanity.

Sleepwalking to Armageddon, pioneering antinuclear activist Helen Caldicott assembles the world’s leading nuclear scientists and thought leaders to assess the political and scientific dimensions of the threat of nuclear war today. Chapters address the size and distribution of the current global nuclear arsenal, the history and politics of nuclear weapons, the culture of modern-day weapons labs, the militarization of space, and the dangers of combining artificial intelligence with nuclear weaponry, as well as a status report on enriched uranium and a shocking analysis of spending on nuclear weapons over the years.

The book ends with a devastating description of what a nuclear attack on Manhattan would look like, followed by an overview of contemporary antinuclear activism. Both essential and terrifying, this book is sure to become the new bible of the antinuclear movement—to wake us from our complacency and urge us to action.

Part I: 21st Century Nuclear Weaponry

1. Seth Baum – Assessing Catastrophic Risk

2. Hans Kristensen - Modernization of Nuclear Weaponry

3. Alan Robock – Nuclear Smoke and the Climatic Effects of Nuclear War

4. Bruce Gagnon – Addicted to Weapons

5. Bob Alvarez –The Plutonium Problem

6. Max Tegmark – Nuclear Weapons and Artificial Intelligence

7. Hugh Gusterson – Weapons Scientists, Up Close

Part II: 21st Century Nuclear Politics

1. William Hartung – Nuclear Politics

2. Noam Chomsky – National Politics Versus National Security

3. Robert Parry – The Existential Madness of Putin-Bashing

Part III: Solutions

1. Ray Acheson – Law and Morality at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

2. Tim Wright – A New Movement to Ban Nuclear Weapons

3. Susi Snyder – Don’t Bank on the Bomb

4. David Krieger – Nuclear Weapons and Possible Human Extinction: The Heroic Marshall Islanders

5. Holly Barker – Persistent Violence and Silent Suffering: Marshallese Migrants in Washington State

Contributors include:

  • Robert Alvarez, the Institute for Policy Studies

  • Seth Baum, Global Catastrophic Risk Institute

  • Noam Chomsky

  • Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

  • William Hartung, Center for International Policy

  • Hans Kristensen, the Federation of American Scientists

  • Robert Parry, journalist

  • Theodore A. Postol, professor emeritus of science, technology, and national security policy at MIT

  • Max Tegmark, professor of physics at MIT

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