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Disarming the Nuclear Argument

Disarming the Nuclear Argument

The Truth About Nuclear Weapons

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The nine nuclear weapon states are extending their commitments to nuclear 'deterrence' well into the second half of this century, despite treaty obligations and an 'unequivocal undertaking' to disarm. The us alone is expecting to spend up to $1 trillion (ie. $1,000,000,000,000) upgrading its nuclear weapons over the next 30 years.

With around 15,000 nuclear weapons stockpiled worldwide, the risk of one going off by accident or design is increasing every day. Timmon Milne Wallis explores the arguments in favour of nuclear weapons with a critical eye, cutting through the rhetoric and obfuscation to get to the real truth about these weapons.

Title Disarming the Nuclear Argument
Subtitle The Truth About Nuclear Weapons
Author Timmon Milne Wallis
ISBN 9781912147175
Binding Paperback
Author Bio

Timmon Milne Wallis was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved with his family to Moray Firth in Scotland. He did his ‘O’ grade and ‘Higher’ exams at Buckie High School and studied politics and international relations at the University of Aberdeen. He then discovered the peace studies course at Bradford University in West Yorkshire and ended up getting a PhD from there.

Timmon spent several years living at a peace camp and campaigning against the building of a nuclear cruise missile base at raf Molesworth in Cambridgeshire, England. He then went on to be international secretary of Peace Brigades International (PBI), editor of Peace News magazine, director of the National Peace Council, founder and director of Peaceworkers UK, training manager for International Alert and executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce. He also had a brief stint working for the Hollywood actor, Forest Whitaker, before returning to the UK in 2014 to work for Quaker Peace & Social Witness, where he is now jobsharing the position of Programme Manager for Peace and Disarmament.

Timmon has two grown daughters, who are both artists. When he is not writing or campaigning, he spends his time singing and performing his own peace and protest songs. He has written numerous articles on peace-related issues. His first book, Satyagraha, the Gandhian Approach to Nonviolent Social Change, was published by Pittenbruach Press in 1984.

Back Cover Text

Nuclear weapons are too important to be left to politicians and generals. They need to be discussed in the pub, at the school gates and over the kitchen sink so that people are aware of the issues involved and have had the opportunity to think them through. TIMMON MILNE WALLIS

How much do nuclear weapons actually cost? How safe are nuclear weapons, even if they are never used? Have nuclear weapons kept us safe since the end of World War II? Are nuclear weapons legal under International Law?

The nine nuclear weapon states are extending their commitments to nuclear 'deterrence' well into the second half of this century, despite treaty obligations and an 'unequivocal undertaking' to disarm. The us alone is expecting to spend up to $1 trillion (ie. $1,000,000,000,000) upgrading its nuclear weapons over the next 30 years.

With around 15,000 nuclear weapons stockpiled worldwide, the risk of one going off by accident or design is increasing every day. Timmon Milne Wallis explores the arguments in favour of nuclear weapons with a critical eye, cutting through the rhetoric and obfuscation to get to the real truth about these weapons.

Reviews

Praise for The Truth About Trident

I read The Truth About Trident recently. It’s really excellent: well done! I’m about to plug it on Facebook. It’s so thorough (I learnt loads, despite knowing a fair bit already!), the structure is very helpful and accessible, and the writing is easy to follow despite some of the complex issues and points you explore. OWEN EVERETT

I have found The Truth about Trident to be excellent – a mixture of robust common sense and well-argued philosophical principles. I have recommended it to an anti-nuclear mailing list I am on in France. MARC MORGAN

I feel that your book is an excellent piece of work and brilliant marshalling of all the facts. I am sure that had Theresa May read and absorbed it, she could not have given the debate the introduction she did. DON SOUTHALL

The Truth About Trident sets out a blow-by-blow detailed analysis… of Britain’s nuclear weapons’ system… Laid out in a reader-friendly way, the book steers us through key headings such as, What is Trident? What is Radiation? Have Nuclear Weapons kept the peace? Is Trident Affordable? But Wallis does sum up the conclusion of the book in the introduction. ‘What we are left with is a weapon system that is not powerful at all but is extremely dangerous.’ ELIZABETH INGRAMS, Peace News

With remarkable foresight, Timmon Wallis… had prepared comprehensive and powerful arguments against Trident – not just its replacement but against Trident as now – in his book The Truth About Trident: Disarming the Nuclear Argument…Twenty-one questions are addressed [on] topics such as deterrence, insurance, legality, independence, morality and so on… each question is, helpfully, stated early in the book and the issues addressed in more detail in specific chapters. FRANK BOULTON, The Friend

Providing a comprehensive demolition of the case for Britain keeping nuclear weapons, this is a timely book from Timmon Milne Wallis. Methodically, he outlines the various arguments for and against and dismantles the claims of those who favour their renewal… Much of the detail provided by the author will surprise and alarm many… A must read. PAUL DONOVAN, Morning Star

The author has done all of us who are working for a peaceful and nuclear weapons free world a great service with this book. I have not before come across such a comprehensive and easy to read critique of current nuclear weaponry and of the arguments used by the nuclear weapon lobby… Anyone hesitant about writing letters to the press will find in this book all the information that they need about Trident and its planned replacement. I recommend it without hesitation. BRUCE KENT, CND Campaign magazine

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