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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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813546613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813546612
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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In this captivating book, Tad Daley propels the reader to three conclusions: nuclear weapons must be abolished, nuclear weapons can be abolished, and -- if we can summon the will -- nuclear weapons will be abolished.

It is easy to forget the size of the risk that nuclear weapons pose. Daley begins his case by reviewing the growing prospects of terrorists gaining access to either actual bombs or the fissile materials needed to build a bomb. This is the scenario that so worries the "Gang of Four" (Shultz, Perry, Kissinger and Nunn), because (a) it is so likely to happen eventually, and (b) it cannot be deterred by threats of massive retaliation. But Daley goes further, describing the equally great dangers of accidental nuclear exchanges, and the history of crisis mismanagement that indicate that the risk of an accidental exchange is much higher than we realize. He describes plausible short-term and medium-term strategies for postponing the inevitable, but finally concludes that the only long-term solution is complete abolition.

As he points out, Article 6 of the NPT (the 40-year-old treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons) required the nuclear-weapons states to eliminate their nuclear weapons. But the rate of nuclear disarmament has been glacial, and the non-nuclear weapons states have been expressing their displeasure for some time. In Daley's words, if the NPT was a "Grand Bargain", a bargain delayed is a bargain denied. As he points out in convincing detail, the irony is that these weapons are militarily useless. The U.S., with its overpowering conventional military strength, would have much greater security in a world without nuclear weapons.

Herein lies the rub.
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