Magazine article Arms Control Today

Nuclear Zero? Lessons from the Last Time We Were There

Magazine article Arms Control Today

Nuclear Zero? Lessons from the Last Time We Were There

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Nuclear Zero? Lessons From the Last Time We Were There George H. Quester, Transaction Publishers, 2015, 267 pp.

In this book on the prospects for eliminating nuclear weapons, George H. Quester analyzes five objections that have been made by critics of returning to a world without nuclear weapons, examining them "in light of the actual comments and analyses that were made as nuclear weapons were first developed." Quester, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park, argues that although "optimistic possibilities" about attaining nuclear abolition "should not be dismissed," a review of examples of "strategic nuclear reasoning" from the decades that preceded the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki warrants pessimism about the achievement and maintenance of "nuclear zero." Among the five objections assessed by Quester is the likely emergence in a nuclear-weapon-free world of a "prisoner's dilemma" situation in which countries "fearing that others were cheating. …

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