Nothing threatens us today more than the 50,000 nuclear warheads that stand in a state of near-readiness around the globe. Yet in the year 2010 the world is at peace and the threat of nuclear devastation has vanished.
How did this come about? Through the imaginative ideas of forty men and women from the United States, Switzerland, Austria, and West Germany, we see a wide variety of scenarios explaining how the world learned to prevent warfare.
The authors of these essays prove that even in an imperfect world of practical politics, there are many paths to peace. They provide a wealth of original yet workable approaches to peace that are as varied as the people who long for it.
All of the essays were chosen from entries to "Peace 2010," a contest sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. Earl W. Foell is Editor in Chief and Richard A. Nenneman is Managing Editor of the Monitor.
"How Peace Came to the World is an arresting and evocative compendium of scenarios that imagine a sustainable future for our planet. Almost all of [the essayists] agreed on a central point: that Americans and Soviets must accommodate themselves to each other. They will either coexist or not exist. The book is a superb reminder that people everywhere owe a duty to the children to safeguard the future."
- International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, winners of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize