Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons

By Ward Wilson
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780547857879, 208pp.)

Publication Date: January 15, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Expanded from an article that created a stir in foreign policy circles, Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons makes an explosive case that these weapons just don't work.

About the Author

Ward Wilson is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has spoken before governments and at think tanks and universities, including Stanford, Princeton, Georgetown, the Naval War College, and the United Nations.

Praise For Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons

"Magisterial in its sweep, research, and erudition, yet written in a direct, unstuffy style, which makes it an easy read."
— Commander Robert D. Green, Royal Navy (ret.)

Brilliant, original, and important — the best analysis yet of why nuclear weapons don’t work.”
— Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb

“A superb examination of both historical and present day issues surrounding nuclear weapons of war. No matter your background or expertise, before you say or do anything else regarding ‘nukes,’ I’d strongly recommend you read and give serious consideration to the arguments in this terrific work.”
— General B. B. Bell, U.S. Army (ret.)

“Nine nations now possess nuclear weapons and a tenth seems intent on acquiring them. These states and their governments pose an existential threat to all humanity. Ward Wilson’s brilliant deconstruction of the myths which cause states to pursue nukes and cling to their arsenals is an important step toward a saner world free of nuclear dangers.”
— Barry Blechman, Cofounder/Distinguished Fellow, The Stimson Center

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