Written at the height of the Cold War in 1959, Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare was published in an effort 'to prevent the catastrophe which would result from a large scale H-bomb war'. Bertrand Russell’s staunch anti-war stance is made very clear in this highly controversial text, which outlines his sharp insights into the threat of nuclear conflict and what should be done to avoid it. Russell’s argument, that the only way to end the threat of nuclear war is to end war itself, is as relevant today as it was on first publication.
‘…Bertrand Russell’s eloquent and lucid analyses and warnings…should find a prominent place in the thinking of those who hope to reverse the seemingly inexorable drive towards self-destruction.’ - Noam Chomsky
Foreword Preface Introduction 1. If Brinkmanship Continues 2. If Nuclear War Comes 3. Methods of Settling Disputes in the Nuclear Age 4. Programme of Steps Towards Peace 5. New Outlook Needed Before Negotiations 6. Disarmament 7. Steps Towards Conciliation 8. Territorial Adjustments 9. Approach to an International Authority 10. Some Necessary Changes in Outlook Appendix 1. Unilateral Disarmament Appendix 2. Inconsistency? Index