August 18, 2010 |
The concluding volume in the magisterial historical tetralogy Richard Rhodes calls "The Making of the Nuclear Age" bears a weighty subtitle that hints at its somewhat discursive nature. "The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons" also is perhaps the most journalistic (though Rhodes always has been as dogged a reporter as he is a researcher) and prescriptive of the volumes in this remarkable series. That series began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Making of the Atomic Bomb," one of the rare accounts of atomic origins praised by physicists, historians and politicians of both parties alike.
June 28, 2009 |
At the center of a desolate valley in the middle of Nevada, more than a dozen miles from the nearest paved road, one of the few signs of human activity is a rusty steel well casing that juts oddly out of the desert floor. Nobody lives here, but it has a name: the Central Nevada Test Area. It was once a hub of scientific activity. Today, it is an abandoned outpost of the Cold War. In the lore of the nuclear arms race, the Central Nevada Test Area has occupied a special place of mystery.
October 14, 2007 |
The history of the world came down to this. Ronald Reagan is standing in a room in Iceland with three men: Richard Perle, the young hawk; Paul Nitze, the old sage; George Shultz, the steady counsel. Mikhail Gorbachev is upstairs. "Everything could be decided right now," Gorbachev mutters as he paces. The four Americans are discussing a massive arms-control deal, and right now it depends on minutiae.
January 19, 2006
Re "Bush, Merkel United on Iran," Jan. 14 It should not be any surprise that North Korea and Iran want to arm themselves with nuclear weapons since President Bush named Iraq, North Korea and Iran the "axis of evil" and then proceeded to invade Iraq. Should we not expect them to protect their countries when we have stockpiles of nuclear weapons and we are the only country in the world to have used them? Does it occur to Bush that we should offer to divest ourselves of nuclear weapons if these countries do likewise?
February 27, 2005 |
The most important events of the late 20th century began to unfold nearly 20 years ago on March 11, 1985, when Mikhail S. Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union. Within a few weeks of his rise to power, the full-scale reformation he hoped to carry out inside his country and in its Cold War relations with the West was underway.
April 27, 2004
"Still on Catastrophe's Edge" (Commentary, April 26) ended with the comment that "a clear road map for nuclear disarmament should be established." The road map is in Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It calls for an end to the nuclear arms race, nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament "under strict and effective international control." President Kennedy presented the American-Soviet (McCloy-Zorin) program to achieve that goal in his address to the United Nations on Sept.