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Author: Jonathan Schell
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Title: The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger (American Empire Project)
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Publisher: Metropolitan Books; First edition (September 2, 2008)
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The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger (American Empire Project) by Jonathan Schell



The New Shape of Nuclear Danger. In this provocative book, Jonathan Schell argues that a revolution in nuclear affairs has occurred under the watch of the Bush administration, including a historic embrace of a first-strike policy to combat proliferation. The administration has also encouraged a nuclear renaissance at home, with the development of new generations of such weaponry. Far from curbing nuclear buildup, Schell contends, our radical policy has provoked proliferation in Iran, North Korea, and elsewhere; exacerbated global trafficking in nuclear weapons; and taken the world into an era of unchecked nuclear terror.

The Seventh Decade book. Incisive and passionately argued, The Seventh Decade offers essential insight into what may prove the most volatile decade of the nuclear ag. .

The seventh decade A power out of our power Nuclear realists, nuclear romantics Nuclear Wilsonians Rise of the imperial idea Nuclear renaissance The fall and its uses A realm of shadows. Geographic Name: United States Military policy. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book The seventh decade : the new shape of nuclear danger, Jonathan Schell.

Jonathan Schell has written a courageous book, a clarion call for the world to stop its drift toward 'nuclear anarchy'-which cannot occur absent a radical change in U. S. nuclear policy. Andrew J. Bacevich, author of The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War. "No voice is as clear, no mind is as sharp, and no writings about nuclear weapons have been as perceptive as Jonathan Schell's books and articles since 1982

From the bestselling author of "The Fate of the Earth," a provocative look at the urgent threat posed by America's new nuclear policiesWhen the cold war ended, many Americans believed the nuclear dilemma had ended with it. Instead, the bomb has moved to the dead center of foreign policy and even domestic scandal. From missing WMDs to the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, nuclear matters are back on the front page.

The American Empire Project is a book series that deals with what they theorized were imperialist and exceptionalist tendencies in recent US foreign policy. The series is published by Metropolitan Books and includes contributions by notable authors such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Chalmers Johnson and Andrew Bacevich. The project's goal is to provide a critical look at what they called the imperial ambitions of the United States and to explore viable alternatives for foreign policy. Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic; by Chalmers Johnson. The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger; by Jonathan Schell. The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic; by Chalmers Johnson. The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives; by Nick Turse. The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism; by Andrew Bacevich.

Now into their seventh decade, nuclear weapons should be thinking about their retirement, but, irritatingly, they seem to be full of life. Instead of expiring with the Cold War, they have found new purposes and new potential owners. The book opens with the standard canter through the history of the nuclear age, with a focus on the psychological hold of the weapons on policymakers ("The Bomb in the Mind"). With the Cold War over, policymakers began focusing on proliferation, but unfortunately they saw their countries' nuclear arsenals as part of the solution rather than the problem. The Seventh Decade may not be fully convincing as history or as practical politics, but it reinforces the growing sense that humankind is riding its luck - and that addressing this deadly legacy should be as high up on the international agenda as climate change or pandemic disease.

Personal Name: Schell, Jonathan, 1943-. Metropolitan Books, (c)2007. Physical Description: 251 p. ;, 22 cm. Title: The American empire project. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Formatted Contents Note: The seventh decade A power out of our power Nuclear realists, nuclear romantics Nuclear Wilsonians Rise of the imperial idea Nuclear renaissance The fall and its uses A realm of shadows.

From the bestselling author of The Fate of the Earth, a provocative look at the urgent threat posed by America's new nuclear policies

When the cold war ended, many Americans believed the nuclear dilemma had ended with it. Instead, the bomb has moved to the dead center of foreign policy and even domestic scandal. From missing WMDs to the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, nuclear matters are back on the front page.

In this provocative book, Jonathan Schell argues that a revolution in nuclear affairs has occurred under the watch of the Bush administration, including a historic embrace of a first-strike policy to combat proliferation. The administration has also encouraged a nuclear renaissance at home, with the development of new generations of such weaponry. Far from curbing nuclear buildup, Schell contends, our radical policy has provoked proliferation in Iran, North Korea, and elsewhere; exacerbated global trafficking in nuclear weapons; and taken the world into an era of unchecked nuclear terror. Incisive and passionately argued, The Seventh Decade offers essential insight into what may prove the most volatile decade of the nuclear age.

Reviews: 4
Aiata
A must read to understand the current nuclear threat and a rational, if not extremely difficult, roadmap to reducing worldwide nuclear weapons hardware to zero. Schell undertands the subject as a longtime expert and makes the point that unless we act, nuclear weapons will proliferate among state and non-state actors who are more likely to employ them than at anytime since 1945.

Kenneth Adelman, a member of the Defense Policy Board and past Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, in a discussion with Jonathan Schell on NPR agreed Schell's proposals were "nice" but not practical. Schell countered that his proposals were "essential" and would be implemented one way or another. He'd prefer they be implemented before a nuclear device or devices were exploded on U.S. soil but they'd certainly be implemented after such a catastrophic event. Adelman believes (as does the Bush Administration) that the best we can hope for are strong non-proliferation efforts, strenghtening nuclear weapons tamper resistance and improved nuclear security for nations which already have them, and the certainty that any nuclear device exploded in America which can be traced to a donor country will result in massive retaliation (read nuclear retaliation).

Schell generally agrees with Adelman and points out we must then take the next step to reducing nuclear weapons hardware worldwide to zero. Probably the most difficult diplomatic task of the 21st Century! An excellent read to fully understand the nature of the threat in this new century.
Malodora
Since he published The Fate of the Earth, Jonathan Schell has shown himself to be the most cogent and unflinching thinker on the planet about the dilemmas of nuclear weaponry. He has evolved an elegant style that gets beyond the portentousness, perhaps unavoidable given the subject, of his earlier classic. But like The Fate of the Earth, The Seventh Decade is composed in a style of high responsibility, as if our lives were dependent upon the success of his arguments, which in a sense they are. This latest book is perhaps his best yet. In a kind of dividend of the main direction of his thought, he provides the clearest analysis I've seen of our government's ultimate rationale for the invasion of Iraq, set in the larger context of American global strategy. In a refreshing refusal to demonize Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, Schell calmly untangles their motivations from the record of events and policy statements, and shows why their larger strategy of total American military domination of the globe, while well-intentioned and even daring, has not only not worked to slow nuclear proliferation, but has actually accelerated it. Schell shows exactly why our post-9/11 American experiment with empire as a way to protect ourselves from both other nuclear powers and from terrorism contains built-in contradictions that doom our hegemonic intentions to inevitable failure. He returns to the bizarre but exhilarating moment of Reykjavik 1986, where Gorbachev and Reagan came close to agreeing to give up their nuclear arsenals altogether, as not only a tragic might-have-been but a model for future efforts. In the end, because Schell faces all the difficulties and complexities directly, this turns out to be a hopeful book about a terrifying subject: p. 14" "Not since the world's second nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki has history's third use of a nuclear weapon seemed more likely." If only our leaders would take a quiet day to reflect alongside Schell! But they probably won't, unless we citizens get involved and ask new questions of presidential candidates, like: Is it realistic to think we can solve the nuclear dilemma by endlessly maintaining our double standard of nukes for the "good guys" and no nukes for the "bad guys"?
Marelyne
I thoroughly enjoy reading Schell. He is a brilliant wordsmith and master of metaphor. Schell's keen insight added a new dimension to my understanding of the history of nuclear weapons and their proper role in our future security. There is nothing arcane in The Seventh Decade. It is filled with interesting, informative, and important lessons from history that Americans in particular must be mindful of in order to avoid sharing the fate of every previous great world power, and humanity in general must learn in order to avert causing its own doom.

Bruce A. Roth, Executive Director
Daisy Alliance
Author of "No Time To Kill"
Realistic
Schell is undoubtedly correct asserting that the threat of nuclear weapons has increased since 9/11 - the risk of Pakistan's weapons falling into terrorist hands is real, Iran's possible weapon-making is a frequent front-page news item, and North Korea continues to threaten. Schell also argues that the U.S.'s switch from diplomatic pressure to military action to enforce non-proliferation creates additional pressure for Iran and North Korea to continue their efforts; worse yet is the administration's refusal to take first use of nuclear weapons off the table.

In addition, the Bush administration upset Russia just prior to 9/11 by pursuing "Star Wars" (SDI) and expanding NATO to include some previous U.S.S.R. areas, Japan is rethinking its "no nuclear weapons" policy in light of North Korea, and Taiwan is probably considering such as well due to China's continual threats and the U.S.'s unwillingness to offer iron-clad guarantees for Taiwan's security. Meanwhile, Brazil announced in 2004 that it was enriching uranium for power uses - a process that only needs to be extended to create atomic weapons, Britain is undertaking a $40 billion or so updating of its nuclear submarines and weapons, and the U.S. is also spending billions on its own updating.

The shortcomings of "Seventh Decade" (of nuclear weapons) are that most of its pages are spent on actions 30+ years prior, it contains little if anything new, and it offers little in the way of recommendations.