Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons Book Launch

in association with
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

hosted the launch of a groundbreaking new book: 

Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons 

by Ward Wilson

Friday, January 18
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

1111 19th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
The launch featured an introduction by Barry Blechman and a presentation by the author.

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, a sweeping revision of ideas about nuclear weapons is underway; this radical rethinking will leave nuclear weapons policy profoundly changed.  In Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons, Ward Wilson mounts what one observer has called a “lethal assault on the rationale for keeping nuclear weapons” using pragmatic arguments.
This groundbreaking book shows why five central arguments used to promote nuclear weapons are, in essence, myths: It is a myth that nuclear weapons “shocked” Japan into surrender at the close of World War II, that nuclear deterrence is reliable in a crisis, that destruction wins wars, that the bomb has kept the peace for 65 years, and that we can’t put the nuclear genie back in the bottle.

Ward Wilson is a senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Among other places, he has spoken at the House of Commons in Great Britain, to Norwegian foreign ministry, and at Princeton University, Stanford University, the United Nations, the Naval War College, and the Brookings Institution. He has previously published articles in International Security, the Nonproliferation Review, the World Today, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.


Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons is available from
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on January 15, 2013.

You may contact Julia Thompson ([email protected]) for general inquiries.



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