As a 37-year old assistant to an Atomic Energy Commissioner in 1951, at the outset of a public career already spanning four decades, Gerard Smith journeyed to Eniwetok to witness an atmospheric nuclear test. He later characterized the experience as 'having a look at Hell.' He has dedicated his career to the cause of enhancing understanding of the risks posed by nuclear weapons and to seeking practical, non-utopian measures to limit these risks. In this volume an extraordinary group of similarly committed men reflect upon their joint endeavors to foster nuclear understanding and restraint.
Gerard C. Smith has been chairman of the Arms Control Association from 1982 to the present. Among his publications are Doubletalk (1980) and Gerard Smith On Arms Control (1987), both of which are available from University Press of America.