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Looking for Square Two
by Douglas Mattern   

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Category: 

Political Science

Publisher:  American book pub ISBN-10:  1589823575 Type: 
Pages: 

196

Copyright:  2006
Non-Fiction

Topics include: Nuclear disarmament, United Nations, war Business, citizens diplomacy, democracy, our place in the universe, personal experience in over 30 years of national and international peace activity, plus 25 years experience as a senior engineer in major corporations TECHNICAL PROBLEM REQUIRES TO MOVE THE SIDEBAR DOWN TO READ THE TEXT

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LOOKING FOR SQUARE TWO    Moving from War & Violence to Global Community

          Forward by Dr. Robert Muller


    Former UN Assistant-Secretary-General


 

   “In Looking for Square Two, Douglas Mattern shows us one

   way to end the long childhood of our species. Would enough

   of us listen to him?”  Sir Arthur C Clarke

 

    Looking for Square Two explains, with frightening clarity,

    why nuclear disarmament is so desperately important for the

    future of our children and our planet: read this book, talk

    about the issues, send copies to friends and politicians.” 

Jane Goodall  

 

   Looking for Square Two is an insightful, thought-provoking

   foray into the issues of nuclear disarmament, the United Nations,

   the war industry, citizens diplomacy, globalization, and the

   future of civilization. 

 

  Looking for Square Two is included in the movie coming

  to theaters in 2007 entitled The Man Who  Saved the World


 

If the human family is to survive this century, we must somehow graduate from the culture of war to a culture of peace. To do that, we need to envision and articulate that new culture. Mr. Mattern’s book Looking for Square Two is an important contribution to this task. His understanding of Hiroshima and the message of the hibakusha leads him to the heart of the struggle—nuclear weapons. His vision of a global community points us in the right direction. His straight talk makes him easy and enjoyable reading. This book should be required reading for all world leaders. No, that won’t do it. We should never elect another leader who has not read this book.

            Tadatoshi Akiba

            Mayor of Hiroshima

            President, Mayors for Peace representing 1,253 cities in 114 countries

 
   












 

 


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"LOOKING FOR SQUARE TWO - Moving from War and Organized Violence to Global Community" is an insightful, thought-provoking foray into the issue of nuclear disarmament, the United Nations, the war industry, citizens diplomacy, globalization, and the future of civilization. This intellectual study covers the political, social, and economic ramifications of the war system and how it must be eliminated if humankind is to survive and move forward. The book has many anecdotes on the author's personal involvement in these issues as a long-time peace activist while at the same time working in the corporate world as a senior engineer. LOOKING FOR SQUARE TWO is easy and enjoyable reading, and the book offers a point of view that is refreshingly straightforward and human--a realistic answer to today's convoluted political atmosphere.



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"LOOKING FOR SQUARE TWO - Moving from War and Organized Violence to Global Community" is an insightful, thought-provoking foray into the issue of nuclear disarmament, the United Nations, the war industry, citizens diplomacy, globalization, and the future of civilization. This intellectual study covers the political, social, and economic ramifications of the war system and how it must be eliminated if humankind is to survive and move forward. The book has many anecdotes on the author's personal involvement in these issues as a long-time peace activist while at the same time working in the corporate world as a senior engineer. LOOKING FOR SQUARE TWO is easy and enjoyable reading, and the book offers a point of view that is refreshingly straightforward and human--a realistic answer to today's convoluted political atmosphere.

From Atlantic Book Review
Book Review, Looking for Square Two
By Mike Smith
August 2006

Published by Atlantic Book Review

The bottom line of peace activist Douglas Mattern's Looking for Square Two is simple: get rid of all the nuclear weapons in the world or else! He makes his point clear from the beginning and keeps our interest with stories of close calls. For instance, the most memorable story is that of Stan the Man's, about Soviet Colonel Stanislov Petrov. He was on duty one night in 1983 when the "early warning system" reported that U.S. missiles were on their way to his country. Mattern tells his story and how we all could have been nuked with the push of a button.

Mattern subtly leads up to how our government has gotten progressively more corrupt since the days of Roosevelt and Kennedy. For example, in the first two weeks of the Iraqi War, Mattern reports that the U.S. used more than 3,000 cruise missiles with a price tag of $500,000 each. Near the end of the book, Mattern tells us that cuts in education and HIV/AIDS treatment are on the way in favor of tax cuts for wealthy citizens.

My favorite part of the book was the discussion of weapons in space. Mattern describes huge "Space Rods" that will strike down targets on Earth and destroy them with their speed and weight alone. Other space weapons, including laser, radio frequency, particle beam, and kinetic energy weapons, are currently under development. We're halfway through the book at this point and can't stop reading because it sounds too much like science fiction, yet we know it's real.

While it can be preachy at times, offers a little too much history in parts, Looking for Square Two is a great book about what will happen if we don't rid the planet of nuclear weapons.








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