- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Rutgers University Press (May 15, 2010)
- Language: English
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Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World Hardcover – May 15, 2010
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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."
"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
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"Apocalypse Never" maintains that the abolition of nuclear weapons is both essentialand achievable, and reveals in fine detail what we need to do--both governments and movements--to make it a reality. Tad Daley insists that while global climate change poses the single greatest long-term peril to the human race, the nuclear challenge in its many incarnations--nuclear terror, nuclear accident, a nuclear crisis spinning out of control--poses the single most immediate peril. Daley has written a book for the general reader about this most crucial of contemporary challenges.
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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. Not content with reviewing the horrendous (and little appreciated) dangers facing all of us humans, he goes on to show how the abolition of nuclear weapons, and perhaps of other weapons of mass destruction, can be accomplished given the will and the drive of all of us.
President Obama himself has taken a giant step in the right direction, concluding an agreement with the Russian President to mutually cut our enormous arsenals by a third. This first step, taking place in the presence of our large remaining stockpiles, does not affect the "balance of power" or our "security." But of course, as we proceed along the road to zero nuclear weapons, we will have to learn to institute a legal structure along with an appropriate inspection infrastructure. (My opinion.) As you are probably aware, even Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, William Perry, and George Shultz have seen the handwriting on the wall and have authored a landmark opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal.
The most important lesson from the current disastrous Gulf oil spill is to see it as a "shot across the bow." We have learned unambiguously that things happen, things that were neither designed nor expected. The time is now to see that things don't happen with nuclear weapons, whose result could be not the despoiling of the Gulf but indeed the extermination of human life.
You can get the book from Amazon.com for less than $20. I strongly urge you to read it and pass its crucial information on to your friends.
The book lays out the pivotal moment in which we find ourselves. We are between a world with 9 nuclear states and, without change in America's outlook, we could be in a world with 30 nuclear states. Today, or if more states join the nuclear club, things could happen: intentional nuclear attacks, accidental nuclear launches, nuclear terrorism and nuclear crisis mismanagement. Each is an opportunity to initiate a nuclear apocalypse.
Daley frames up an architecture for abolition of nuclear weapons. Whether one agrees with each point in his argument or not, this is a discussion we need to have. Not because we like reading about a potential for a Utopian society, but because the dangers of our nuclear culture are real and we owe it to our children and their descendants to act now to reduce the number of and completely eliminate nuclear weapons in the world. This book is a primer for that discussion.
Daley succinctly summarizes the whole book in the sixth paragraph: "Apocalypse Never reveals why we must abolish nuclear weapons, how we can, and what the world will look like after we do. I insist that if humanity hangs on to nuclear weapons indefinitely, some kind of nuclear catastrophe will ensue almost certainly. I illuminate the towering hypocrisy behind the nuclear double standard (according to which our nation possesses thousands of nuclear weapons but insists that others cannot aspire even to one) and contend that such a standard is not only morally indefensible, but also politically unsustainable. I confront humanity's fundamental long-term choice, bleak but inescapable: zero nuclear weapon states and zero nuclear weapons, or dozens of nuclear weapons states, thousands more nuclear weapons, and nuclear cataclysm only a matter of time."
In subsequent paragraphs Daley adds several other specific points he defends--that the present nuclear powers have already "absolutely committed themselves" to getting rid of all their nuclear weapons when they negotiated the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), that for all the nuclear weapons states including the USA "nuclear weapons are militarily both unnecessary and useless," that it is a mistake to believe that if nuclear weapons were eliminated some nation might secretly develop nuclear weapons and hold other nations "hostage," and that we need to realize "that nuclear weapons abolition can indeed come to pass."
It is not only the argumentation dedicated to the overall points that is impressive but also the massive amount of detailed documentation of specific events and references to the relevant literature on every topic. This informative and logically persuasive account goes from the U.S. development and first use of nuclear weapons (pp. 5-7) to the spread of nuclear weapons to several other nations (pp. 17-37) to the more recent threat of the use of nuclear weapons by terrorists (pp. 38-64) to the dangers of an accidental attack using nukes (pp. 66-95) to the possibility that some nation might coolly decide that launching a nuclear attack makes good sense (pp. 96-110) to the development of the promising but partially unfulfilled Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty of 1968 (pp. 111-24) to the fact that overwhelming U.S. conventional military superiority makes nuclear weapons militarily unnecessary for the United States (pp. 125-54) to the specifics of how to get a nuclear-free world (pp. 155-88) to the argument that there is in fact no danger that in a nuclear-free world some nation would acquire nuclear weapons and use them to impose its will on all the other nations (pp. 189-202) to the way that a nuclear-free world could come about (pp. 203-27) to the plea for a transition from national patriotism to allegiance to humanity (pp. 228-39). Although this book is full of details and careful argumentation, it is anything but dull reading.
To fully comprehend the force of Daley's over-all argument, one must distinguish two separate parts of it. The argument that nuclear weapons are of no use to the United States because of its conventional military superiority applies only to the United States. Daley makes it clear over and over again (pp. 126, 138, 144-45, 147) that for smaller and weaker states even a few nuclear weapons make a lot of sense as a way of deterring military attacks, nuclear or nonnuclear. That is exactly the reason that an important ingredient in persuading these countries to not try to develop nuclear weapons is to create a trustworthy global system with reliable inspection which can eliminate all nuclear weapons, a system which necessarily will need to be able to also inspect within the United States (and other nuclear powers). The United States and these other powerful countries must be ready to give up that little bit of their national sovereignty in order to get rid of all nuclear weapons (pp. 156, 187) and save them and all of humanity from eventual nuclear disaster (p. 223). Past experience has shown us that international inspection can uncover the production of nuclear weapons without eliminating the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and materials (pp. 164-176).
Daley recognizes that eliminating all nuclear weapons will also require persuading the smaller and weaker states that they won't be taken advantage of because of their lesser conventional military power once they no longer have nuclear weapons. One initiative to be used to try to persuade them would be adopting "foreign and defense policies that assure weaker states that stronger states do not intend to attack them" (p. 126) That may be a bit difficult to do. Among other things it would require a much less belligerent foreign policy on the part of the United States (pp. 152-53).
Daley has a message for his fellow world federalists who may be upset that he doesn't devote more attention to that idea. "Humanity may not ultimately solve the problem of war with anything less than a true world government. Yet before that day dawns, states might conclude that, as regards the nuclear question, it is in their interest to cede some of their freedom, and allow the kinds of limited intrusion on sovereignty that this book advocates" (p. 186).
One aspect of Daley's book which is bound to impress even those who know a great deal about the subject of nuclear weapons is the amount of detailed information provided not only in terms of facts and figures but also in terms of little-known relevant incidents. Another aspect of the book worth mention is the character of the "Acknowledgments" at the end. It wonderfully displays the personality of the author just as do the many personal incidents and observations that enhance the rest of the book.
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