The Fate of the Earth: And, The Abolition

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Stanford University Press, 2000 - 417 páginas
Now combined in one volume, these two books helped focus national attention in the early 1980s on the movement for a nuclear freeze. The Fate of the Earth painted a chilling picture of the planet in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, while The Abolition offered a proposal for full-scale nuclear disarmament. With the recent tensions in India and Pakistan, and concerns about nuclear proliferation around the globe, public attention is once again focused on the worldwide nuclear situation. The author is at the forefront of the discussion. In February 1998, his lengthy essay constituted the centerpiece of a special, widely distributed issue of The Nation dealing with the nuclear arms race. The relevance of his two books for today's debates is undeniable, as many experts assert that the nuclear situation is more dangerous than ever.

Reviews of The Fate of the Earth

"This is a work of enormous force. There are moments when it seems to hurtle almost out of control, across an extraordinary range of fact and thought. But in the end, it accomplishes what no other work has managed to do in the years of the nuclear age. It compels us and compel is the right word to confront head on the nuclear peril."

New York Times Book Review

"There have been thousands of commentaries on what this new destructive power of man means; but my guess is that Schell's book . . . will become the classic statement of the emerging consciousness."

Max Lerner, New Republic

Reviews of The Abolition

"As always, Schell is interesting and ingenious, eloquent and sometimes moving. He presents his case with clarity, and with candor about its possible shortcomings."

New Republic

"A reasoned argument. . . . As this work will do much to stimulate the ongoing nuclear debate, it is highly recommended."

Library Journal

 

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Nearly thirty years old, this book is still, unfortunately, a must-read. The threat of nuclear war is very real and no one explores its consequences better than Schell. Leer comentario completo

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Of course, today we are EMPHASIZING climate disruption, and this had been modeled and predicted before. Reflecting analytically about the issues of ecological ethics are not entirely different ... Leer comentario completo

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A REPUBLIC OF INSECTS AND GRASS
1
THE SECOND DEATH
97
THE CHOICE
179

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Página xvi - There was nothing either above or below him, and I knew it. He had kicked himself loose of the earth. Confound the man! he had kicked the very earth to pieces.
Página xviii - If at the beginning of the War and during the War twelve or fifteen thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas, as happened to hundreds of thousands of our very best German workers in the field, the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain.
Página xiv - In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water, there she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent. Pop, would go one of the six-inch guns; a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile would give a feeble screech - and nothing happened.

Acerca del autor (2000)

Jonathan Schell is a writer and anti-nuclear activist. He is the author of several books, including The Gift of Time.

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