Press: Second Thoughts on Schell

After a rush of praise, his antinuclear book draws skepticism

Few issues covered by the nation's press are as emotional as the effect of nuclear weapons in causing or averting war. Once reporters begin, as many find it irresistible to do, by evoking images of a fiery doomsday, it is hard to shift readers' attention to cold-eyed consideration of deterrence. The impulse in much of the public is simply to cry out for ridding the planet of such weapons.

Exactly that sweeping solution—and a worldwide government of unspecified political complexion to carry it out—is the immodest proposal of the antinuclear movement's rallying point,...

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