"The truth is never simple."—Andrei Sakharov
Andrei Sakharov holds an honored place in the pantheon of the world’s greatest scientists, reformers, and champions of human rights. But his embrace of human rights did not come through a sudden conversion; he came to it in stages. Drawing from a 2014 Hoover Institution conference focused on Sakharov’s life and principles, this book tells the compelling story of his metamorphosis from a distinguished physical scientist into a courageous, outspoken dissident humanitarian voice.
His extraordinary life saw him go from playing the leading role in designing and building the most powerful thermonuclear weapon (the so-called hydrogen bomb) ever exploded to demanding an end to the testing of such weapons and their eventual elimination. The essays detail his transformation, as he appealed first to his scientific colleagues abroad and then to mankind at large, for solidarity in resolving the growing threats to human survival—many of which stemmed from science and technology. Ultimately, the distinguished contributors show how the work and thinking of this eminent Russian nuclear physicist and courageous human rights campaigner can help find solutions to the nuclear threats of today.
CONTRIBUTORS: Gerhard Casper, Sidney D. Drell, James O. Ellis Jr., James E. Goodby, J. Bryan Hehir, Jim Hoagland, David Holloway, Elizabeth Holmes, Raymond Jeanloz, Jim Mattis, William J. Perry, Serge Schmemann, Lucy Shapiro, Jane Shaw, George P. Shultz, Christopher William Stubbs, William E. Swing, Philip Taubman, and Tatiana Yankelevich
George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth U.S. secretary of state and served until January 20, 1989. In January 1989, he rejoined Stanford University as the Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Economics at the Graduate School of Business and as a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution.
For more details, please see his Hoover Institution profile.
Learning from Experience
Blueprint for America
The War That Must Never Be Fought
Sidney D. Drell is a senior fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution and professor of theoretical physics (emeritus) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Stanford University.
The Nuclear Enterprise
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