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Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons Paperback – September 6, 2011
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The book can roughly be divided into four parts. The first part concerns the first Gulf War and the dismantling of Iraq's nuclear infrastructure, the second part describes the race to secure nuclear material in the former Soviet republics after the fall of the Soviet Union, the third part briefly talks about South Africa's nuclear ambitions and and then in more detail about attempts to contain nuclear efforts by North Korea and the last part concerns the run-up to the second Gulf War and some final thoughts on the future of nuclear weapons. One striking omission in the book is Iran, and I think readers would have appreciated Rhodes's insightful thoughts on the Iranian nuclear problem.
The first part examines the troubling evidence in the 1980s that Saddam Hussein was trying to build a nuclear capability. Rogue Pakistani scientist A Q Khan had even tried to unsuccessfully sell Iraq a bomb design based on a Chinese weapon.Read more ›
This book is not for the unitiated, however. It assumes a certain level of knowledge (e.g., having read perhaps one of his earlier fabulous books).
The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons, published first in 2010 and released this month by Vintage Books in a trade paper edition, is his latest treasure of information and anecdotes that mark the landscape of international politics and nuclear history in the post-Cold War era. It is a book of remarkable depth, unbiased in its presentation, and powerfully logical in its conclusions.
Children of the Cold War will easily recall the heated debates as well as the horrific nightmares dramatically expressed in the political arena, dating back to such television campaign ads as the one by Lyndon Baines Johnson, the "Daisy Girl" ad, in his successful 1964 bid for the White House against Arizona senator, and noted conservative idealogue, Barry Goldwater.
Fear haunted the generation of American children born in that era as they became aware of their vulnerability to nuclear attacks by America's ideological foes. A measure of false comfort was attempted upon children against the hopelessness and fear of a real attack. In public schools, students were required to participate in atomic bomb drills using a "duck and cover" defense, sometimes evoking increased fear, rather than a feeling of security.Read more ›
One of the stories that had the most impact is when Russian nuclear scientists visited places in the US like Las Vegas and how hard it was to think as cities as targets once they had been there.
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Last book of this nuclear saga, a great collection of books to educate educated people what the 1939 discovery of nuclear fission really meant. Read morePublished 5 months ago by oldcaman
This one of the finest books describing the impact of nuclear weapons and their pursuit post World War II. Having read Mr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by peter hilton
superb concluding book on the nuclear weapon era. History, as it should be written!!Published 10 months ago by S. G. Scott
There's no shortage of books about the development and testing of nuclear weapons by the two great Cold War adversaries, the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Terry Sunday
I had read the first two books from Richard Rhodes about nuclear weapons (“The making of the atomic bomb” and “Dark Sun”) in the 1990s and both had really fascinated me. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Paolo Capoferro
Very well written, great follow on from the dark sun. Richard Rhodes takes you from tthe heights of the Cold War to its end and the legacy of this period of the 20th Century.Published 17 months ago by StuartMoodie
A wonderfully incisive book. Rhodes does it yet again. He is a consummate craftsman at writing non fiction in fictional forms which keeps one riveted from cover to cover. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ijaz Durrani
You really need to read all 4 of the books in this series, but this one is as chilling as all the others. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Sefton Boyd