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Better Safe Than Sorry: The Ironies of Living with the Bomb

Michael Krepon


In 2008, the iconic doomsday clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientistswas set at five minutes to midnight—two minutes closer to Armageddon than in 1962, when John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev went eyeball to eyeball over missiles in Cuba. We still live in an echo chamber of fear, after eight years in which the Bush administration and its harshest critics reinforced each other's worst fears about the Bomb. And yet, there have been no mushroom clouds or acts of nuclear terrorism since the Soviet Union dissolved, let alone since 9/11. The worst fears still could be realized at any time, ... More

Keywords: bomb, Bush administration, Cold War, nuclear weapons, arms control, containment, nuclear terrorism, Soviet Union, United States, diplomacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804760638
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Krepon, author