I finished writing a fourth and last volume of nuclear history, The Twilight of the Bombs, in mid-August 2009.The book was published on 24 August 2010 and is currently available in paperback. It examines the post-Cold War years after 1991, securing the former Soviet nuclear arsenal, the first Iraq War, nuclear proliferation, North Korea, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the run-up to the second Iraq War and the prospects for nuclear abolition. With the completion of this last volume, my quartet of nuclear histories, The Making of the Nuclear Age, comprehends the story of the introduction of a historic new technology across more than one hundred years.

Twilight Jacket

Arsenals of Folly,
a third volume of nuclear history that follows my The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1986) and Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb (1995), was published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2007. It carries the story of the superpower nuclear arms race and the dangers and challenges of the Cold War from 1949 up to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991, focusing especially on the Reagan-Gorbachev decade of the 1980s.


Hofdi House, Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, my play based on the historic summit meeting between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 11 - 12 October 1986, is receiving staged readings nationwide. Click on Appearances for dates and times.

Paul Newman advised me on writing Reykjavik; he read the third draft just weeks before his death. He was a warm, modest, decent, generous man; his death on 27 September 2008 carried away one of the good people of the world. Reykjavik is dedicated to him.