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Waging Nuclear Peace is a clear and informative interdisciplinary survey of the issues surrounding nuclear war. It raises and attempts to answer questions that often go unasked. How can we measure the risk of nuclear war? Will slowing the arms race reduce the risk of war? Is disarmament desirable or undesirable in this respect? Robert Ehrlich has succeeded in being as objec Waging Nuclear Peace is a clear and informative interdisciplinary survey of the issues surrounding nuclear war. It raises and attempts to answer questions that often go unasked. How can we measure the risk of nuclear war? Will slowing the arms race reduce the risk of war? Is disarmament desirable or undesirable in this respect? Robert Ehrlich has succeeded in being as objective as possible, while at the same time taking well-defined positions on a wide range of subjects. Yet the book does not purport to have the answers to the nuclear dilemma. Instead, it assists the reader in thinking through the issues and in coming to a personal conclusion. Comprehensive in its scope, Waging Nuclear Peace encompasses both technical issues, such as the effects of nuclear weapons, and policy issues, such as arms control, the nature of the arms race, and the feasibility of civil defense. It includes material on new findings concerning "nuclear winter" -- the catastrophic change in global climate that might follow a nuclear war.


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Waging Nuclear Peace is a clear and informative interdisciplinary survey of the issues surrounding nuclear war. It raises and attempts to answer questions that often go unasked. How can we measure the risk of nuclear war? Will slowing the arms race reduce the risk of war? Is disarmament desirable or undesirable in this respect? Robert Ehrlich has succeeded in being as objec Waging Nuclear Peace is a clear and informative interdisciplinary survey of the issues surrounding nuclear war. It raises and attempts to answer questions that often go unasked. How can we measure the risk of nuclear war? Will slowing the arms race reduce the risk of war? Is disarmament desirable or undesirable in this respect? Robert Ehrlich has succeeded in being as objective as possible, while at the same time taking well-defined positions on a wide range of subjects. Yet the book does not purport to have the answers to the nuclear dilemma. Instead, it assists the reader in thinking through the issues and in coming to a personal conclusion. Comprehensive in its scope, Waging Nuclear Peace encompasses both technical issues, such as the effects of nuclear weapons, and policy issues, such as arms control, the nature of the arms race, and the feasibility of civil defense. It includes material on new findings concerning "nuclear winter" -- the catastrophic change in global climate that might follow a nuclear war.

7 review for Waging Nuclear Peace: The Technology and Politics of Nuclear Weapons

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Ehrlich writes what I think is a relatively level-headed book about nuclear warfare which, given the topic's controversy, is an admirable notion. I believe the reason for this is that he intends his book to be used as some sort of textbook -- there are "exercises" at the end of every chapter. And in doing so, this textbook-approach and level-mindedness, Waging Nuclear Peace becomes a bit of a bore, despite its amazing title (yes, the reason behind borrowing the book was because of its cover and Ehrlich writes what I think is a relatively level-headed book about nuclear warfare which, given the topic's controversy, is an admirable notion. I believe the reason for this is that he intends his book to be used as some sort of textbook -- there are "exercises" at the end of every chapter. And in doing so, this textbook-approach and level-mindedness, Waging Nuclear Peace becomes a bit of a bore, despite its amazing title (yes, the reason behind borrowing the book was because of its cover and title). This is not helped by his rather repetitive ideas, which he restates many times in the whole book. It is informative (though the information is out-dated; if you were looking for something more relevant today, look elsewhere), and is comprehensive enough as an "intro-to-thermonuclear warfare" book can be. But there are probably other books just like this, written with greater panache and intrigue. But at least it is not a book riddled with bullshit -- Ehrlich is a physicist rather than a politician, though he seems well-informed on all aspects of nuclear war -- and hence the score of 3/5 rather than 2/5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gregory Casteel

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra O'hearn

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aquinas

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ceren Bayram

  7. 5 out of 5

    Richard

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