Sleepwalking to Armageddon by Helen Caldicott
The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation

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The book dwells on the plight of the Marshall Islanders, victims of America’s nuclear testing. Yet there is nothing about the people who suffered from the Soviet tests in Kazakhstan.
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A frightening but necessary assessment of the threat posed by nuclear weapons in the twenty-first century, edited by the world’s leading antinuclear activist

With the world’s attention focused on climate change and terrorism, we are in danger of taking our eyes off the nuclear threat. But rising tensions between Russia and NATO, proxy wars erupting in Syria and Ukraine, a nuclear-armed Pakistan, and stockpiles of aging weapons unsecured around the globe make a nuclear attack or a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility arguably the biggest threat facing humanity.

In Sleepwalking to Armageddon, pioneering antinuclear activist Helen Caldicott assembles the world’s leading nuclear scientists and thought leaders to assess the political and scientific dimensions of the threat of nuclear war today. Chapters address the size and distribution of the current global nuclear arsenal, the history and politics of nuclear weapons, the culture of modern-day weapons labs, the militarization of space, and the dangers of combining artificial intelligence with nuclear weaponry, as well as a status report on enriched uranium and a shocking analysis of spending on nuclear weapons over the years.

The book ends with a devastating description of what a nuclear attack on Manhattan would look like, followed by an overview of contemporary antinuclear activism. Both essential and terrifying, this book is sure to become the new bible of the antinuclear movement—to wake us from our complacency and urge us to action.
 

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Published November 7, 2017 by The New Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Julie Mcdowall on Dec 06 2017

The book dwells on the plight of the Marshall Islanders, victims of America’s nuclear testing. Yet there is nothing about the people who suffered from the Soviet tests in Kazakhstan.

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