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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813546613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813546612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,138,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Apocalypse Never builds a compelling case for one of the most urgent causes of our time--the global abolition of nuclear weapons. Tad Daley writes with all the seriousness the subject requires, but refreshingly eschews the jargon too often applied by 'experts' that estranges those not conversant in the lingo."
Kevin Martin, executive director, Peace Action

"Apocalypse Never is an important and path-breaking book. Tad Daley doesn't just look at why we should strive to eliminate nuclear weapons, he demonstrates how to make it happen. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand how to turn a grand vision into a political reality."
John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress; White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton

"Finally, a book that explains in common sense language the process for bringing a nuclear weapon–free world from utopia to reality."
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, 1997–present

"For those of us who think that freeing the planet from the specter of nuclear holocaust is the most important task before humankind, but also one that's nearly impossible to achieve, Tad Daley has drawn us a roadmap for the journey ahead. It demands no wild leaps of faith, no suspensions of disbelief. Mixing political sobriety with existential urgency and just plain damn good writing, Daley shows us the way."
Harold Meyerson, columnist, The Washington Post and editor-at-large, The American Prospect

"In plain, understandable prose, Apocalypse Never makes a compelling case that the continued existence of nuclear weapons, regardless of their ownership, can lead to catastrophic disasters. A must-read."
Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr., U.S. Army, Retired and chair, Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation

"My film Apocalypse Now revealed how war corrupts the human soul. But the idea that we can have peace only through 'nuclear deterrence' degrades our entire civilization. With Apocalypse Never, Tad Daley shows us the path of escape."
Martin Sheen

"Nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism, and the dream of nuclear abolition have been studied primarily by experts and policy wonks--the 'nuclear priesthood.' The subject cries out for clarity, relevance, and the ability to engage ordinary citizens. Daley answers this call splendidly." Robert K. Musil, Chairman of the Board, 2020 Vision: Environment, Energy and Security Solutions and author of Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future

"Tad Daley takes a penetrating look at the threat President Barack Obama calls 'the gravest danger to the American people,' and does so with clarity and integrity. Apocalypse Never, details how the failed policies of the past have made the nuclear threat worse and how the only real solution is to move steadily towards eliminating the only weapons that can destroy the world. We would be wise to listen."
Joseph Cirincione, president, The Ploughshares Fund and author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons

About the Author

Tad Daley, J.D., Ph.D., directs the Project on Abolishing War at the Center for War/Peace Studies in New York. He previously served as a speechwriter for Congressman Dennis Kucinich and the late Senator Alan Cranston, as a visiting scholar at UCLA, and as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Visit his websites: www.daleyplanet.org and www.apocalypsenever.org.

More About the Author

Tad Daley, J.D., Ph.D., is the author of APOCALYPSE NEVER: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World, now available from Rutgers University Press. He is currently the director of Abolishing War, a project of the Center for War/Peace Studies and the title of his next book. Previously, he was the Writing Fellow with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the 1985 Nobel Peace Laureate organization. He was educated at Knox College, the University of Illinois, the University of Southampton in England, the RAND/UCLA Center for Soviet Studies and the RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies. He spent several years as a member of the International Policy Department at RAND, where many of the nuclear theories of the Cold War era originally were forged. He has served as a speechwriter and policy advisor to Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Congresswoman Diane Watson, and the late Senator Alan Cranston -- and once ran for U.S. Congress himself to represent mid-city Los Angeles. The LA WEEKLY said about his campaign: "Tad Daley boasts the most impressive credentials and much the most thoughtful platform of all the 16 candidates in the race .... (His ideas are) as sensible as they are unconventional."

Tad Daley has written for the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, the Christian Science Monitor, the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, The Forward (national Jewish newspaper), LA City Beat, the LA Jewish Journal, The Tidings (Southern California's Catholic newspaper), the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the United Nations Chronicle, the Foreign Service Journal, the Humanist, the Futurist, Tikkun, and quite frequently in the blogosphere at Huffingtonpost.com, TruthDig.com, AlterNet.org, TruthOut.org, and CommonDreams.org.

His world vision is perhaps best captured by the late 1995 Nobel Peace laureate Joseph Rotblat, who told Tad, "My short term ambition is to abolish nuclear weapons. My long term ambition is to abolish war itself."

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I would highly recommend this book to anyone for a very entertaining read.
It is easy to forget the size of the risk that nuclear weapons pose.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James T. Ranney on May 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book on nuclear weapons and the need for their total abolition since the wonderfully titled book "Nuclear Weapons: What's In It For You?" (by Earl & Roger Molandar). This book lays out, for all who care to see, the fundamental choice facing humanity: continuing on the path to virtually certain eventual nuclear disaster of varying degrees or the path of zero nuclear weapons. The irony of our posture is well demonstrated: it is now only the third-rate piss-ant tin-pot dictators of the world who have any real use for nuclear weapons, whereas the United States has such overwhelming superiority in conventional weapons that we will be lucky to convince the rest of the world to adopt a zero nukes regime.
I have been reading books on the nuclear war and peace issue since 1983, having read several thousand by now, and this is the new Number One book to read. For all those who are willing to take the time to read about the Number One issue facing humanity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Felix Rosenthal, Scientist on June 16, 2010
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Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free WorldApocalypse Never is without any question the most serious, important, and hopeful book that I have read in my lifetime.

1. The book "Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World" by Tad Daley (Rutgers University Press, 2010) is by far the most important book that I have ever read in my lifetime. I wholly recommend it for your review and study. Tad has among other accomplishments served as the late great Senator Alan Cranston as his research director, grass-roots organizer, and brainstorm partner.

2. Tad begins by reviewing the multitude of environments in which nuclear weapons could be used -- accident, mismanagement, terrorism, or national intentional use. Instances of all these have happened or nearly happened before. Tad provides a wealth of shockingly convincing background information and quotes to back up his warnings. The well-known Cuban Missile Crisis was just a start. It seems self-evident to me that if we keep pursuing our present lackadaisical course and if humankind is not able sooner or later to get these monstrous exterminators down to zero nuclear weapons under adequate international inspection, then an eventual nuclear catastrophe of unimaginable proportions is not just possible, but will with time become a virtual certainty. We are talking about your and my children and our grandchildren.

3, But in spite of this evident danger, Tad remains an optimist in the spirit of the great Norman Cousins, Albert Schweitzer, and Martin Luther King.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Shevtsov on July 27, 2010
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In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that the author of Apocalypse Never is a long-time friend of mine and I read and commented on several chapters in manuscript. That said, I simply wouldn't have reviewed this book if I did not honestly consider it excellent.

There is no shortage of talk on the news about nuclear terrorism, but the threat of nuclear war is commonly assumed to have gone away with the Cold War. One of the key points of Apocalypse Never is that neglecting this threat is a mistake -- one that puts our civilization, our species, and much of life on Earth at risk. While nuclear war or accidental detonation is currently less likely than nuclear terror, with enough time, the nearly impossible becomes nearly inevitable. The math is simple: the more states have nukes and the more time they have them, the greater the chances of catastrophe.

A central part of this book is its analysis of why countries like Iran and North Korea want nuclear weapons to begin with. To actually use them in an attack would be suicide, but even a handful of nukes provides a highly effective deterrent against aggression, especially US aggression. The US has the strongest military in the world, but it can be held off by the threat of a nuclear attack on American troops or territory. While I think the book's analysis is a bit too US-centric here -- I doubt India's bomb has much to do with defense against a potential American attack -- it is fundamentally sound. (Incidentally, the power and precision of American conventional weapons has much to do with why nuclear weapons are militarily useless for us, a point to which the book devotes half a chapter.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Lagatree on May 21, 2010
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As someone who grew up with the terror and absurdity of "duck and cover" drills in grade school, I am quite sensitive to the topic of "The Unthinkable." Unfortunately, this extraordinarily complex topic is also apt to strike the potential book buyer as "The Unreadable." Thanks to Tad Daley's literate and engaging prose style, that is not the case with APOCALYPSE NEVER.

Daley uses anecdotes from his own life and even quotes from Yeats to leaven the prose, keeping the reader anchored and the pages turning.

I urge anyone who even thinks they'd like to be more educated on and involved in this topic to buy and read APOCALYPSE NEVER.

Do yourself a favor before you buy and check out: [...], for a great synopsis of the whole book, an elaborate author bio, and boatloads of "advance praise" from not only the people on this Amazon page, but also Daniel Ellsberg, Michael Douglas, Rabbi Michael Lerner, William Hartung, Ed Asner, and Pulitzer Prize winner Martin Sherwin.
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