Endangered Species

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Endangered Species

How We Can Avoid Mass Destruction and Build a Lasting Peace

By Stephen M. Younger, PhD

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061139529, 222pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2008


A former nuclear weapons designer, Stephen M. Younger understands, as few others can, humankind's potential for violence. He knows that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction means that any nation, group, or even individual could cause unimaginable carnage—and the accelerating pace of communications and transportation means that things can happen faster than we can think about them.

In Endangered Species, Younger peers into the heart of modern civilization to present a practical plan for ending mass violence, the scourge of our times and a threat to our survival as a species. Looking across our knowledge of psychology, history, politics, and technology, Younger presents a convincing argument that we can escape our spiral into global destruction. But we haven't a moment to lose.

About the Author
Stephen M. Younger is a senior policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He recently retired as a senior fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was in charge of nuclear weapons research and development. From 2001 to 2004, he was director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at the U.S. Department of Defense. He lives in Las Vegas.

Praise For Endangered Species

“A provocative, challenging, engaging and ultimately important blueprint for the 21st century.”
-Lee Hamilton

“Everyone can read with profit... Younger is a wise man. We should listen to him.”
-John Barry

“Younger finds a way to teach us to hope for peace. A profoundly wise and moving book.”
-Jessica Stern

“In this wise and urgent book Younger distills for us what he’s learned about the dangers that threaten us.”
-Walter Reich