AUTHORWittner, Lawrence S.
TITLEOne World or None: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement Through 1953
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA

This book, Volume I of three entitled as a set The Struggle against the Bomb, describes the history of nuclear disarmament until 1953. The first part of the book begins by describing the novel, The World Set Free, by H.G. Wells, which envisioned atomic warfare. It then discusses the “growing resistance” as World War II drew to a close, as it describes Leo Szilard’s protests against using the atomic bomb. The second part describes anti-nuclear movements in Japan, Canada, Western Europe, and other countries. The third part treats anti-nuclear movements led by communist groups around the world between 1945 and 1951. The final part confronts the consequences of the use of the atomic bomb by the United States, such as the nuclear programs of Great Britain and the Soviet Union. The author’s goal is to show that the anti-nuclear movement turned public sentiment against atomic weaponry, and prevented such weapons from being used after World War II. The well-researched book contains a lengthy bibliography.

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