Calling for a Crusade. Leo Szilard.
Calling for a Crusade

Calling for a Crusade

[Chicago]: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, [1947]. Reprint (Offprint).

Quarto (11 x 8 1/2 inches; 280 x 217 mm), 5, [1] pages, in stapled wrappers (soft cover).

Rare offprint of an article by Leo Szilard (1898-1964), a nuclear physicist and veteran of the Manhattan Project.

He says peace can be achieved by cooperating with the Soviet Union and giving it incentives not to develop atomic weapons. Szilard advocates the establishment of international agencies that would undertake a variety of moves to strengthen international peace. "They might undertake the building up of a vast consumers' goods industry in a number of countries including Russia," he writes. Further, he says, these agencies "might provide for the supervision of general disarmament and for the effective control of atomic energy installations all over the world."

Perhaps his most startling proposal is for an agency that "might be given jurisdiction over one page of every newspaper in the world. The agency could either function as the 'editor' of that page or it could suitably assign the pages under its jurisdiction to other newspapers...A page in the New York Times might be assigned to Pravda, and a page in Pravda to the New York Times."

Szilard's article originally appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Volume 3, Number 4-5, April/May 1947). A somewhat different version appeared in the May 3, 1947, issue of the Saturday Review of Literature.

OCLC shows no institutional holdings, although a separate search finds a copy at UC San Diego, which holds Szilard's papers. No others in commerce. RARE.

CONDITION: Some toning to extremities, rusting to staples, a couple of light creases. Very Good or better. Item #2402

Price: $500.00

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