Since September 11, it has become clear that the United States is headed for more military funding to fight the "war on terrorism." But as longtime antinuclear activist, author and pediatrician Caldicott (Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do) shows, this buildup is nothing new with the exception of the first President Bush, U.S. policy has generally favored military spending. But spending on nuclear weapons is ineffective in fighting terrorists holed up in caves, Caldicott contends. Using a medical model, she focuses on what she calls the "disease" before she launches into her "remedy." She is strongest focusing on the ties between the American nuclear arsenal and large corporations, which have only their own interests at heart a point that should resonate in the post-Enron era. In impressive detail, she describes how hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on questionable defense projects such as Star Wars. To her credit, this book also serves as a defense primer: she lays out the various weapons projects in terms accessible to the average reader an accessibility she argues that the government wants to deny citizens. But her remedies for the problem she describes diverting millions of dollars from the defense budget for health care and the environment seem nave and unrealistic. In addition, her strident tone ("the Pentagon thinks about nuclear strategy in a strange and pathological way") might turn some readers off to the book's important message. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book by the well-known political activist Caldicott (Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do) is not a direct attack on the existence of the military but rather on the way that the military and industry are so deeply intertwined. Caldicott argues that there is immense financial waste for unneeded weapons programs, that America's foreign and military policies seem designed for world domination, and that this is a betrayal of the best interests of U.S. citizens. Included are short descriptions of many weapons and research projects, which contain cost figures, information on which big contractors benefit, and an evaluation of the program. As a physician, Caldicott puts more emphasis on the long-term medical implications of some of the modern weapons than one usually finds in books on this topic. Most readers will have already made up their minds on this subject one way or another; nevertheless, this book should be made available in libraries for those looking for counterarguments to the Establishment line. The book lacks illustrations and an index, but there are reference notes at the end. Suitable for the circulating collections of public libraries. Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If You want a book that will reveal plenty details, to include addresses, locations, email addresses and phone numbers of various War Criminal Industries in North America, to the... Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by Space Intelligences
Dr.Caldicott's book is an eye-opener about military spending and more troubling,the pollution associated with the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Read morePublished on February 20, 2008 by J.L. Populist
The most striking observation about Helen Caldocott's book is that what she warned about in 2002 has come to pass in 2007. Read morePublished on June 12, 2007 by Mark H. Gaffney
She was wrong then, and she's wrong now. Just as Helen Caldicott was wrong about a nuclear freeze in the 1980's, she's wrong about the fight against terrorism now. Read morePublished on June 19, 2004 by John P. Dagirmanjian
The heart of this well-referenced, easy-to-read book (with very informative appendices), by Dr. Read more
This is a very important book to read. The author is able to present her point of view in a fairly objective manner, although obviously a little one-sided. Read morePublished on April 30, 2004 by dustin
I recently read this book, and am appalled by the thought of spending billions on nukes, while most of the world is hungry.We should cooperate not fight with each other.Published on April 27, 2004 by Mindy Abraham
It's hard to digest anymore of the good doctors opinions after
her previous works and her and her fellow peaceniks shrill,
"Reagans gonna drop the bomb and we are... Read more