Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World
by Tad Daley. Rutgers. 2010. 296 pages. $24.95.
Ridding the world of nuclear weapons is both feasible and necessary for survival, argues science journalist Tad Daley. As long as nations keep them, it is only a matter of time before they fire them at each other, he warns.
Daley examines the alternative futures that can unfold from the status quo of globally distributed nuclear arsenals. He concludes that, despite nations’ belief that they need nuclear weapons to ensure their own security, the only true security would be to not have them at all.
Daley outlines the steps that governments and social movements could take to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020 and rebuts some of the most common arguments against disarmament, such as the theory that a noncompliant nation would hold onto its nuclear stockpile and proceed to rule the world.
Skeptics may consider the goal of no nuclear weapons to be utopian, but Daley’s Apocalypse Never makes a bold and convincing case for policy makers to both believe in a nuclear-free world and to strive wholeheartedly toward it.