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First place winner, Ben Franklin Awards, sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, in the category of Politics/Current Events

"Moore warns of the dire consequences of the U.S. drive toward the military dominance of space. Twilight War is an indispensable resource for anyone looking to get smart on a possible new cold war in space. Wide-ranging research and an elegant writing style make for an easy tutorial. This is a marvelous book."  — Joseph Cirincione, vice president for national security, Center for American Progress

"Twilight War is an exceptional work. It describes in clear and readable fashion a position that is intellectually honest and refreshing. The research is solid and the inferences made from it are fully supportable. [It] will quickly become a must-read in the field; credible future works of space policy will have to reckon with it. It is a great book."  —Everett C. Dolman, professor of comparative military studies, Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

"Twilight War is a tour de force: a book that easily and informatively intertwines the historical, technological, military, political and, perhaps most importantly, philosophical aspects of Americas unique, and fundamentally conflicted, relationship to its own ambitions in outer space. Given the importance of space to the future of mankind, [it] is a must read for concerned citizens not just in the United States but also around the world."  —Theresa Hitchens, director, Center for Defense Information

"The superb book, Twilight War, is a well-balanced, comprehensive and clearly written analysis that examines the critical issue of space policy in the context of international security and fundamental American values. Concerned citizens as well as responsible governmental officials will gain insight." Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr., senior military fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

"The attempt by the United States to make itself the worlds space cop, Mike Moore argues in Twilight War, is likely to invite imitation and bring anarchy to space. We are at a fork in the road. Mike Moores gripping and masterful account of war and law in space should be required reading at this fateful juncture."  — John Polanyi, Nobel laureate in chemistry, University of Toronto

About the Author

Mike Moore, who retired as editor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 2000, is a research fellow with The Independent Institute of Oakland, California. He is the author of many articles on national security, conflict resolution, nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation, and military space issues. Previously, he had been the editor of Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an editor and reporter for the Milwaukee Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily News, and the Kansas City Star. In 2002-3, he was a member of three national task force/study groups that examined military space policy and national-security issues.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Institute; First Edition edition (March 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598130188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598130188
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,825,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenneth T. Prescott on April 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The main problem with this book is not that Mr. Moore ignores the proverbial elephant in the room. It's that he ignores many of them.

The first elephant Mr. Moore ignores is that any treaty against "weaponizing space," no matter how loftily worded, isn't simply unverifiable, it completely ignores reality. An object in Low Earth Orbit travels at five miles per second. At that velocity, anything is going to become a lethal impactor. Banning space weapons would require banning any and all activity in space.

The second elephant Mr. Moore glosses over is that arms races do not cause wars, hot or cold. It's fashionable in some quarters to say this, but fashionable ideas frequently do not comport to reality. An arms race is an expression of national strategy writ out in acquisition & procurement policy.

And that brings us to the next elephant: the notion that every other nation outside the US is sincerely committed to not weaponizing space. There is absolutely no evidence for this notion, aside from statements made by nations with a radically different view of diplomacy's means and ends than those of the United States. As for the issue of cost, being too broke to afford space weapons is not a commitment to rejecting space weapons, and being too broke to afford space weapons may be a temporary state of affairs.

Another elephant is Mr. Moore's overall tone--the US is a crazy cowboy, and China's ASAT test had nothing at all to do with their perception of their national security requirements; it happened solely because of those crazy American cowboys not setting a proper example for the wogs, who are utterly incapable of having their own opinion and must therefore be shown how to properly ape their betters.
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The numerous blurbs by prominent professionals and educators on the back jacket of Mike Moore's "Twilight War," a masterful book about the dangers of any nation attempting to militarily dominate orbital space, make a compelling case for the timeliness and importance of this book. As a lay person, but well read regarding space matters, I whole-heartedly concur with these views. This book is clearly and eminently readable, presents an enlightening historical record about space matters, and confronts the coming crucial decisions regarding how earth-orbital space will be seen by America and perhaps other technically-advanced countries - whether as a frontier to be dominated or as an environment threatening no nation, to be peacefully exploited for the benefit of all. Moore makes a clear and wholly convincing case that militarization efforts can lead to disastrous consequences to the wireless world of commerse, communication, and the internet, and how entire spacial orbits could be rendered forever unusable with space debris and junk if nations resorted to military action. Moore convincingly urges that the time is now for America to lead the way to treaties which will guarantee this peaceful goal. This book should be a must-read for those with any influence of even just interest in the issues regarding the immediate space surrounding our earth.
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Mr. Moore's excellent research makes for essential reading for those interested in the future of our planet and our species. Highly recommended.
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