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Nuclear and other WMDs

These are books dealing with: nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons systems (including "Star Wars" and space weapons) and nuclear disarmament; also other weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), such as chemical and biological weapons (CBW), and opposition thereto.

Please remember that many of the older titles included in this list are likely to be second-hand.


The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

Gar Alperovitz

(Fontana, London, 1996)

pbk £5.50


The Politics of Alternative Defence: A Policy for a Non-nuclear Britain

Alternative Defence Commission

(Paladin, 1987)

pbk £4.95


The Plague Makers: The Secret World of Biological Warfare

Wendy Barnaby

(Vision Paperbacks, 1999)

pbk £9.99


For a Nuclear-Free Future

Meg Beresford with Diana Shelley

(CND Publications, London, 1988)

A pamphlet which gives the basic stance of CND in terms of how the world got into its nuclear-armed state, and what needs to be done to put it right. Unfortunaely, most of what needed to be done when this was published still needs doing....

pmphlt £1.75


New Nukes - India, Pakistan and Global Nuclear Disarmament

Praful Bidwai & Achin Vanaik introduction by Arundhati Roy

(Signal Books, Oxford, 2000)

pbk £12.99


Atomic Bombs and Human Beings

Arthur Booth

(Quaker Peace & Service, London, 1981)

A reprint of an article originally published by UNESCO.

pmphlt £3.00


In Search of the Fourth Freedom

Howard S Brembeck

(Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, India, 1998)

A plan for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, and the freeing of the world from the fear of war, by building on the increase in global interdependence.

hbk £12.95


Keeper of the Nuclear Conscience: The Life and Work of Joseph Rotblat

Andrew Brown

(OUP, Oxford, 2012)

Repelled by the idea that science had been harnessed to develop weapons of mass destruction, Joseph Rotblat spent many years promoting social responsibility within science, including by establishing the influential Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

hbk £18.99


The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and World Security

Rip Bulkeley and Hans Gunter Brauch

(AFES Press, for the International Group of Researchers on the ABM Treaty, Mosbach, Germany, 1988)

A clear and informative account of the issues.

pbk £3.00


The New Nuclear Danger: George W Bush's Military-Industrial Complex

Helen Caldicottt

(The New Press, New York, USA, 2002)

pbk £3.00


Namibia: A Contract to Kill - The Story of Stolen Uranium and the British Nuclear Programme

The Campaign Against the Namibian Uranium Contracts

(Action on Namibia Publications, London, 1986)

CANUC, the group which authored this pamphlet, was a key, and very active, link-up of solidarity and anti-nuclear activists during this period.

pmphlt £2.00


In God We Trust: Christian Reflections on the Nuclear Arms Race

(Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, London, 1986)

A collection of essays by theologians and campaigners.

pmphlt £2.50


The Nuclear Axis - Secret Collaboration betwen West Germany and South Africa

Zdenek Cervenka and Barbara Rogers

(Julian Friedmann, 1978)

hbk £5.00


Trident: Britain's Independent Arms Race

Malcolm Chalmers

(Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, London, 1984)

pbk £7.50


How to Survive an Atomic Attack: A Cold War Manual

(Ed) John Christopher

(Amberley, Stroud, 2014)

This compilation - which will be startling to many who never lived through the height of the Cold War era - includes reprints of various of the official US advice booklets issued in the 1950s and 1960s. Of course, as with the equivalent British publications, the stark warnings of what "survivial" might mean had the effect of encouraging many people to oppose their government's reliance on the idea of Mutually Assured Destruction.

pbk £9.99


Trident - Nuclear Proliferation the British Way (The Spokesman No 98)

(ed) Ken Coates

(Spokesman, Nottingham, 2008)

pbk £5.00


Nagasaki - The Massacre of the Innocent and Unknowing

Craig Collie

(Portobello Books, London, 2011)

A treatise on a very well-documented historical event, but written in a gripping style more like a thriller.

pbk £20.00


Overkill: The Story of Modern Weapons

John Cox

(Peacock Books, an imprint of Penguin Books, 1977)

pbk £2.75


Overkill: The Story of Modern Weapons

John Cox

(Pelican Books, 1981)

pbk £2.00


Bioterror and Biowarfare - A Beginner's Guide

Malcolm Dando

(Oneworld Publications, Oxford, 2006)

A clear unravelling of the politics and the technology.

pbk £4.99


The Death of Deterrence - Consequences of the New Nuclear Arms Race

Malcolm Dando and Paul Rogers

(CND Publications, 1984)

pbk £3.00


Pacific Women Speak Out - for independence and denuclearisation

Zohl de Ishtar

(Pacific Connections, Annadnale, Australia, 1998)

A collection of stories of resistance against incredible odds, stories of survival.

pbk £4.50


Aotearoa / New Zealand at the World Court

Kate Dewes and Robert Green

(Disarmament and Security Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1999)

The story of New Zealand attempts to bring the issue of nuclear weapons to the World Court.

pmphlt £3.00


Fuelling the Nuclear Arms Race - The Links Between Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons

Sheila Durie and Rob Edwards

(Pluto Press, 1982)

pbk £2.00


The Yellow Rainmakers: Are Chemical Weapons Being Used in Southeast Asia?

Grant Evans

(Verso, 1983)

pbk £4.00


Nuclear Weapons: the way ahead

Ronald Gaskell

(The Menard Press, London, 1982)

pbk £3.50


The Devil's Repertoire - or, Nuclear Bombing and the Life of Man

Victor Gollancz

(Victor Gollancz, London, 1958)

pbk £5.00


The Naked Nuclear Emperor: Debunking Nuclear Deterrence - A Primer for Safer Security Strategies

Robert Green

(Disarmament and Security Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2000)

pbk £5.00


Re-Thinking Nuclear Deterrence

Robert Green

(Disarmament and Security Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2001)

A summary of arguments from 'The Naked Nuclear Emperor: Debunking Nuclear Deterrence' by the same author.

pbk £2.00


London After the Bomb

Owen Greene, Barry Rubin, Neil Turok, Philip Webber and Graeme Wilkinson

(OUP, 1982)




John Hersey

(Penguin, 1946)

The original edition of one of the classics of the atomic age - a powerful book written only months after the first atomic attack.

pbk £5.00



John Hersey

(Penguin, London, 2009)

This classic of the atomic age, with the author's additional thoughts after returning to Hiroshima forty years later.

pbk £9.99


A Short History of Nuclear Folly - Mad Scientists, Dithering Nazis, Lost Nukes, and Catastrophic Cover-up

Rudolph Herzog

(Melville House, New York, 2013)

A sardonic people's history, covering some of the lesser-known horror stories, and near-horror stories, of the nuclear age. Well researched, and illuminating even for long-time anti-nuclear campaigners.

hbk £18.99


The British Nuclear Weapons Programme 1952-2002

(Eds) Douglas Holdstock and Frank Barnaby

(Frank Cass, London, 2003)

A well-informed, factual book on all aspects of nuclear weaponry, with a foreword by Joseph Rotblat.

hbk £35.00


CND at 60

Kate Hudson

(Public Reading Rooms, London, 2018)

This book, by CND General Secretary Kate Hudson, is the inside story of six decades of a long-running (and still all-too-necessary) peace organisaton. A timely publication, coinciding with the recent UN call for the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

pbk £12.95


CND: Now More Than Ever - The Story of a Peace Movement

Kate Hudson

(Vision Paperbacks, 2005)

pbk £10.99


From Bikini to Belau: the nuclear colonisation of the Pacific

Peter D Jones

(War Resisters' International, 1988)

pmphlt £1.00


The Children of the Ashes - The People of Hiroshima After the Bomb

Robert Jungk

(Paladin Books, London, 1985)

The classic, compassionate account of the author's visits to Hiroshima in the aftermath of the war and again years later.
pbk £2.50


Thinking about the Unthinkable

Herman Kahn

(Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1962)

An intellectual tour de force - with great logic and subtlety - on the subject of nuclear weapons, nuclear war and the concept and strategy of deterrence, written without taking a moral stance. The second respected (including by many disagreeing with his conclusions) classic book on this topic by this author, following his On Thermonuclear War, which frorced people to face up to the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe.
hbk £11.50


Disarming Europe

(Eds) Mary Kaldor and Dan Smith

(Merlin Press, 1982)

pbk £3.50


Dubious Specter - A Skeptical Look at the Soviet Nuclear Threat

Fred M Kaplan

(Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC, USA, 1980)

pbk £2.00


Security with Nuclear Weapons? - Different Perspectives on National Security

(Ed) Regina Cowen Karp

(SIPRI / Oxford University Press, 1991)

One of the best collections of serious writing on this subject at the time; includes coverage of proliferation and of non-nuclearism, and deals with the issue of threshold states and their different political perspectives.

hbk £7.50


Out of the Nuclear Shadow

(Eds) Smitu Kothari and Zia Mian

(Zed Books, London, 2001)

A selection of writings challenging the nuclearisation of South Asia, from the time of the Indian and Pakistani bomb tests.
pbk £4.00


At Least Cruise is Clean


(Niccolo Press, c 1984)

A tirade about how the Berkshire town of Newbury was sold 96 cruise missiles, how central government lied, how the local press closed its eyes, and how business interests rallied behind the scenes.

pmphlt £4.50


Nuclear-Free Defence

(Eds) Louis Mackay and David Fernbach

(Heretic Books, London, 1983)

A symposium wherein 25 people who are advocates of a variety of positions - from proponents of the use of conventional forces, to pacifists committed to nonviolent resistance - answer a series of questions, dealing with issues such as what is being defended, the principles of foreign policy, the armaments industry, women and the military, and what are acceptable forms of resistance.

pbk £5.00


Some of the People all the Time

Alastair Mackie

(Book Guild Publishing, Brighton, Sussex, 2006)

An autobiography by a one-time Air Commodore and H-bomber pilot, turned health educator and nuclear disarmament campaigner (becoming Vice-Chair of CND).

hbk £17.99


Grappling with the Bomb: Britain's Pacific H-Bomb Tests

Nic Maclellan

(ANU Press, 2017)

The story of the 1950s series of British tests, and the history of that as reflected in the experiences of the Pacific islands and of the military veterans.

pbk £17.99


The Pax Legalis Papers - Nuclear Conspiracy and the Law

Robert Manson

(Jon Carpenter, Oxford, 1995)

Arising out of practical efforts of litigation, and backed by wide research, this is the first sustained legal critique of nuclearism in British domestic law.

pbk £3.00

Unholy Warfare - The Church and the Bomb

(Eds) David Martin & Peter Mullen

(Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1983)

An anthology, covering many perspectives.



Russia, Europe, The Bomb, and the Fall of Western Europe

Brian May

(Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984)

hbk £5.50


The Nuclear Threat: Intolerable and Avoidable - The arguments against nuclear weapons (and the arguments for)

Jim McCluskey

(Jim McCluskey, c 2008)

pmphlt £2.00


The Hidden Human Cost of Trident

Di McDonald & Jamie Woolley

(Abolition 2000 UK, 2007)

Seventh in the Blackaby Papers series dealing with defence and disarmament issues. After all the arguments about the financial implications of the continuing British nuclear weapons programme, this report also documents the human and environmental costs.

pbk £2.00


Nuclear Weapons: Who's in Charge?

Hugh Miall

(Macmillan, 1987)



The Nuclear Weapons Freeze and Arms Control

(Ed) Steven E Miller

(Ballinger Publishing, Cambrdge, Massachusetts, USA, 1984)

pbk £9.50


The CND Story

(Eds) John Minnion and Philip Bolsover

(Allison & Busby, 1983)

The first 25 years of CND in the words of many of the people involved.

pbk £2.00


Steps Towards European Nuclear Disarmament

Alva Myrdal and Kalevi Sorsa

(Spokesman, Nottingham, 1981)

Two papers for the Rome Consultation on European Nuclear Disarmament.

pbk £3.25


Back from the Abyss

Michael Nicholson


The author's personal odyssey around northern Europe discussing the idea of a regional nuclear-free zone.

pmphlt £1.50


Hiroshima Notes

Kenzaburo Oe (trans: David L Swain and Toshi Yonezawa)

(Marion Boyars Publishers, London, 1997)

This winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature writes powerfully of the human face of the destroyed city. His insights into human dignity are a powerful indictment of the Nuclear Age.

pbk £6.00


Voices of Survival in the Nuclear Age

Dennis Paulson

(Wisdom Publications, 1986)



From Protest to Resistance - The Direct Action Movement Against Nuclear Weapons

Peace News - various authors

(Mushroom Bookshop, Nottingham, 1981)
An all-too-brief, but powerful, history of nonviolent activism at the cutting edge of the anti-nuclear weapons movement in the 1950s ansd 1960s - published just as this movement was to see a new upsurge. The fine range of contributors includes Dennis Gould, Pat Arrowsmith, Adrian Mitchell and Nicolas Walter, and includes excerpts from a historic court case, iconic pictures, and a timeline.

pbk £6.50


Walking to Greenham - How the Peace-camp began and the Cold War ended

Ann Pettitt

(Honno, Dinas Powys, 2006)

What the initiators of the Greenham camp went on to do next.

pbk £8.99


The Writing on the Sky

Oliver Postgate

(The Menard Press, London, 1983)

pmphlt £2.00


Thinking it through: the Plain Man's Guide to the Bomb

Oliver Postgate

(The Menard Press, London, 1982)

This essay summarises a series of speeches given by this author (well-known for his books and television films for children) around the south of England, and on the radio, the previous year.

pmphlt £3.00


The Rossing File: The Inside Story of Britain's Secret Contract for Namibian Uranium

Alun Roberts

(The Campaign Against the Namibian Uranium Contracts, London, 1980)

pbk £4.00


60 Years of Nuclear History - Britain's Hidden Agenda

Fred Roberts

(John Carpenter Publishing, Charlbury, 1999)

An analytical history, showing the interconnectedness of military and civilian nuclear developments.

pbk £3.75


Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare

Bertrand Russell

(George Allen & Unwin, 1959)

pbk £3.00


Towards the Nuclear Holocaust

Martin Ryle

(The Menard Press, London, 1981)

Written by a Physics Nobel Prize winner, this well-researched text was one of the first pamphlets published by The Menard Press when the escalation of the Cold War in the eighties led them to branch out from being a publisher of literary texts to also dealing with nuclear issues.

pmphlt £2.00


Inside Nuclear South Asia

(Ed) Scott D Sagan

(Stanford University Press, USA, 2009)

Cites evidence that the presence of nuclear weapons in South Asia has increased the frequency and propensity of low-level violence, further destabilising the region.

pbk £23.95


The Church and the Bomb

Bishop of Salisbury

(Hodder & Stoughton, 1982)

pbk £2.50


The Gift of Time - The Case for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons Now

Jonathan Schell

(Granta, 1998)

A powerful and still all-too-relevant book by an acclaimed writer.

pbk £4.00


The Unfinished Twentieth Century: The Crisis of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Jonathan Schell

(Verso, 2003)

How the world faces an inescapable choice between nuclear abolition and rapid prolifetation.

pbk £3.50


On Active Service for Peace - Ex-Services CND

(Ed) Rita Stanleigh, with Michael Floyd and Morris Brodie

(Ex-Services CND, London, 1995)

How people with military experience came to identify with nuclear disarmament.
pbk £2.25


How to get Rid of the Bomb

Gavin Scott

(Fontana, 1982)

pbk £2.00


Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

Susan Southard

(Sounvenir Press, London, 2017)

The author has spent a decade interviewing and researching the lives of the survivors, collecting eye-witness accounts. The story is told through the lives of five teenage survivors from 1945 to the present dat.

pbk £15.00


Nuclear Weapons - A Catholic Response

(Ed) Walter Stein

(Cardinal Books, London, 1963)

A symposium on the morality of nuclear warfare - all contributors concluding that, even from a non-pacifist perspective, the weapons are impermissible.

pbk £2.50


A Nuclear-Weapons-Free World - Desirable? Possible?

(Eds) Jack Steinberger, Bhalchandra Udgaonkar, and Joseph Rotblat

(Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 1993)

An authoritative study organised by the Pugwash movement.

pbk £3.00


Star Wars: Full Spectrum Sycophancy

Jack Straw and Ken Coates

(Spokesman Books, for Socialist Renewal, Nottingham, 2001)

The briefing in support of British backing for the US's missile defence (Star Wars) system, by the then Foreign Scretary, Jack Straw, is taken apart point by point by Ken Coates.

pmphlt £3.00


Hiroshima - In Memoriam and Today

(Ed) Hitoshi Takayama

(The Himat Group, 2000)

Consists mostly of memoirs of survivors.

pbk £3.00


Over Our Dead Bodies - Women Against the Bomb

(Ed) Dorothy Thompson

(Virago, 1983)

pbk £4.00


Protest and Survive

(Eds) EP Thompson and Dan Smith

(Penguin Special, 1980)

pbk £3.50


Star Wars

E P Thompson

(Penguin, 1985)

pbk £2.00


Crucible of Despair: Effects of Nuclear War

Anthony Tucker & John Gleisner

(Menard Press, 1982)



Toxic Terror: Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons

(Ed) Jonathan B Tucker

(MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

pbk £7.00


Writ of Summons: Legal Proceedings on the Deployment of Cruise Missiles in the Netherlands

AHJ van den Biesen

(Ban the Cruise Missiles, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1986)

pbk £2.50


Christian Nuclear Perspective

John J Vincent

(Epworth Press, London, 1964)

A (very) Christian look at nuclear weapons issues.

pbk £3.75


Fates Worse than Death

Kurt Vonnegut Jr

(Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Nottingham, 1985)

The author made a speech, of which this is the text, in the USA in May 1982, and sent the text as his contribution to the inaugural European Nuclear Disarmament Convention which took place the next month. Copies of this classic little pamphlet have recently come to light.

pmphlt £2.00


The Truth About Trident - Disarming the Nuclear Argument

Timmon Milne Wallis

(Luath Press, 2016)

Long-time activist Tim Wallis has produced an amazingly comprehensive book on the topic of nuclear weapons, eloquently putting the many arguments against the official line.

pbk £10.00


The Nuclear Trap - An Escape Route

Robert E Walters

(Pelican Books, 1974)

pbk £5.00


Crisis Over Cruise - A Plain Guide to the New Weapons

Philip Webber, Graeme Wilkinson and Barry Rubin

(Penguin, 1983)

The background information to what the fuss was all about.

pbk £2.00


Unintended War - Beyond Deterrence

Arthur Waskow

(American Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia, USA, 1962)

pmphlt £5.00


The Terror of Balance: Deterrence, Rearmament and the Illusion of Security

Andrew White

(The Mernard Press, London, 1983)

pmphlt £2.00


On the Brink: Nuclear Proliferation and the Third World

Peter Worsley

(Third World Communications, 1987)



Trident on Trial: The case for people's disarmament

Angie Zelter

(Luath Press, Edinburgh, 2001)

The story of the early years of Trident Ploughshares, told by those involved.

pbk £9.99


Faslane 365 - A Year of Anti-Nuclear Blockades

(Ed) Angie Zelter

(Luath Press, Edinburgh, 2008)

An account of a year's actions at the home base of Britain's nuclear-armed submarines.

pbk £12.99


Anatomy of a Sacred Cow - Ruthless realism about NATO nuclear weapons & US bases

Konni Zilliacus

(Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, London, early 1960s)

The author was an outspokenly radical anti-nuclear Labour MP from the early days of CND, whose views were controversial within the party ... how little has changed. In fact, his radicalism was a bit much for some of the CND leadership in those days. (Geek note: This little pamphlet was beautifully designed by Reuben [not Robin, as the pamphlet itself mistakenly says] Fior, who was responsible for the classic 1962 redesign of the then-weekly Peace News.)

pmphlt £6.50

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ORGANISATIONS you can contact which are concerned with some of the issues here include:

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), 162 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DQ, Britain (tel +44- 20-7700 2393; fax 7700 2357; e-mail; web

Come Clean - WMD Awareness Programme, c/o Pugwash Office, Flat A, 63A Great Russell St, London WC1, Britain (tel +44-20-7405 6661; fax 7831 5651; e-mail; web

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR), Ingles Manor, Castle Hill Ave, Folkestone, Kent CT20, Britain (tel +44-1303-851965; e-mail; web

International Peace Bureau (IPB), Rue de Zurich 41, 1201 Geneve, Switzerland (tel +41-22-731 6429; fax 738 9419; e-mail; web

For further useful contacts see the Directory published in the latest Housmans Peace Diary, or online at