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The Resource Atomic obsession : nuclear alarmism from Hiroshima to al-Qaeda, John Mueller

Atomic obsession : nuclear alarmism from Hiroshima to al-Qaeda, John Mueller

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Atomic obsession : nuclear alarmism from Hiroshima to al-Qaeda
Title
Atomic obsession
Title remainder
nuclear alarmism from Hiroshima to al-Qaeda
Statement of responsibility
John Mueller
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • John Mueller argues how our obsession with nuclear weapons is unsupported by history, scientific fact, or logic. Examining the entire atomic era, Mueller boldly contends that nuclear weapons have had little impact on history
  • "Ever since the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, the prospect of nuclear annihilation has haunted the modern world. And since September 11, 2001, the view that nuclear terrorism is the most serious threat to the security of the United States or, for that matter, of the world has been virtually universal." "But as John Mueller reveals in this eye-opening, compellingly argued, and very reassuring book, our obsession with nuclear weapons is unsupported by history, scientific fact, or Logic. Examining the entire atomic era, Mueller boldly contends that nuclear weapons have had little impact on history. Although they have inspired overwrought policies and distorted spending priorities, things generally would have turned out much the same if they had never been invented. For the most part they have proved to be militarily useless, and a key reason so few countries have taken them up is that they are a spectacular waste of money and scientific talent. Equally important, Atomic Obsession reveals why current anxieties about terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons are essentially baseless: there are a host of practical and organizational difficulties that make their likelihood of success almost vanishingly small. Mueller, one of America's most distinguished yet provocative international relations scholars, goes even further, maintaining that our efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons have produced more suffering and violence than the bombs themselves, and that the proliferation of weapons, while not necessarily desirable, is unlikely to be a major danger or to accelerate." "This controversial volume debunks the received wisdom endorsed both by America's military-industrial complex and by its opponents for more than half a century. Demolishing half-truths and false assumptions, this is an important argument that deserves a wide public hearing."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mueller, John E
Dewey number
355.02/17
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6433.85
LC item number
.M84 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Qaida (Organization)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Hiroshima-shi (Japan)
Label
Atomic obsession : nuclear alarmism from Hiroshima to al-Qaeda, John Mueller
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. The impacts of nuclear weapons -- 1. Effects -- 2. Overstating the effects -- 3. Deterring World War III : essential irrelevance -- 4. Modest influence on history -- 5. Apocalyptic visions, worst-case preoccupations, massive expenditures -- II. The spread of nuclear weapons -- 6. Arms races : positive and negative -- 7. Proliferation : slow and substantially inconsequential -- 8. The limited appeal and value of nuclear weapons -- 9. Controlling proliferation : modest success -- 10. Costs of the proliferation fixation -- 11. Reconsidering proliferation policy -- III. The atomic terrorist? -- 12. Task -- 13. Likelihood -- 14. Progress and interest -- 15. Capacity -- Epilogue and an inventory of propositions
Control code
313665231
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 319 pages
Isbn
9780195381368
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009012860
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)313665231
Label
Atomic obsession : nuclear alarmism from Hiroshima to al-Qaeda, John Mueller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. The impacts of nuclear weapons -- 1. Effects -- 2. Overstating the effects -- 3. Deterring World War III : essential irrelevance -- 4. Modest influence on history -- 5. Apocalyptic visions, worst-case preoccupations, massive expenditures -- II. The spread of nuclear weapons -- 6. Arms races : positive and negative -- 7. Proliferation : slow and substantially inconsequential -- 8. The limited appeal and value of nuclear weapons -- 9. Controlling proliferation : modest success -- 10. Costs of the proliferation fixation -- 11. Reconsidering proliferation policy -- III. The atomic terrorist? -- 12. Task -- 13. Likelihood -- 14. Progress and interest -- 15. Capacity -- Epilogue and an inventory of propositions
Control code
313665231
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 319 pages
Isbn
9780195381368
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009012860
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)313665231

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