We are greatly privileged, like flies on the wall, to join this conversation between two remarkable stalwarts, Richard Falk and David Krieger, in the campaign for a nuclear-free world. It is unconscionable that so many of us seem to accept the prospect of our mutually assured destruction the immoral massacre of millions of innocent victims and to view with equanimity such a gross contravention of international law. Falk and Krieger discuss persuasively and cogently the folly of a reliance on nuclear weapons that can cause such apocalyptic devastation. If we want to survive in a habitable world, then we have no choice we must heed, and do so urgently, these lovers of humankind. --Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate
In The Path to Zero, two of the world s most experienced and wisest champions of nuclear disarmament take stock of our situation and chart the way forward. By no means agreeing on every point, they weigh, with subtlety and discrimination, the value of arms control agreements, the chances for nonproliferation, and the significance of these in the context of the effort to reach abolition. No one interested in the nuclear dilemma can afford to miss this trail-blazing book. --Jonathan Schell, author of The Fate of the Earth and The Seventh Decade
A thoroughly readable, wonderfully wise, refreshingly candid conversation unprecedented in its philosophical and cultural sweep and holistic understanding of the Nuclear Age and the predominant U.S. role in it. Packed with clearly explained yet concise illustrative historical anecdotes, Falk s and Krieger s complementary skills and experience blend into a fascinating tour de force. Full of fresh thinking, this is both a timely reference and an important guide for all those struggling for a nuclear weapon free world. --Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret.), author of Security Without Nuclear Deterrence
About the Author
Richard Falk is Albert G. Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus at Princeton where he was a member of the faculty for 40 years. Since 2002 he has been a research professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has been Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine for the UN Human Rights Council since 2008, and served on a panel of experts appointed by the President of the UN General Assembly, 2008 2009. He is the author or editor of numerous books including the forthcoming Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs (Oxford 2012). David Krieger is Founder and President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara and has worked with Falk on numerous occasions including coediting At the Nuclear Precipice (Palgrave 2008) with him.