An estimated 18,000 nuclear warheads exist in the arsenals of nine nuclear weapon armed countries - more than 5,000 of them deployed and nearly 2,000 on a state of alert ready to be launched in minutes. This frightening scenario of the actual potential for the use of the most destructive weapon of mass destruction invented by humankind with its long-term genetic and ecological impact demands that we examine the rationale for these weapons.
The Cold War created an appropriate acronym to describe nuclear insanity: MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). What is truly mad now is that this nuclear insanity continues when the Cold War rationale for it has disappeared. If we want to move beyond MAD and Cold-War nuclear thinking, a comprehensive understanding of nuclear politics is critical. This four-volume reference work not only provides that broad overview, but also notably includes literature on disarmament and alternative voices on nuclear issues