By Theodore Caplow

within the final days of global battle II, scientists operating for the U.S. govt invented nuclear explosives through splitting the atoms of heavy metals. Germany had already surrendered, however the usa and its allies remained at battle with Japan. in the summertime of 1945, the japanese urban of Hiroshima was once flattened by way of a unmarried nuclear bomb. A moment bombing happened quite a few days later, decimating the town of Nagasaki. those have been the 1st nuclear guns ever utilized in warfare. And - to this point - they're the final. considering then, tens of millions of nuclear guns were synthetic and deployed by means of governments worldwide. lots of those guns are even more robust than the atomic bombs that destroyed the 2 eastern towns. None were used thus far, and the absence of nuclear battle between international locations armed to tooth with nuclear guns is a brilliant secret. whereas the specter of a nuclear assault at the usa has receded, the opportunity of a nuclear assault on an American urban via terrorists has taken its position in our legitimate nightmares. thus far, no terrorist staff has made a significant attempt to shop for, scouse borrow, or construct a nuclear weapon. The absence of nuclear terrorism in an international swarming with fanatical terrorists is one other nice secret. The slippery slope to a nuclear Armageddon has been current for greater than sixty years. In safe destinations in Washington, Moscow, Beijing, London, and Paris, there are buttons to push than may placed an finish to human civilization, yet those buttons have by no means been driven. Why no longer? What has to this point saved us secure from those mortal risks? these are the questions that Caplow asks and solutions in Armageddon Postponed.

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