Peter J. Kuznick
Peter J. Kuznick is an associate professor of history and the director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. The author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America (1987); a coeditor, with James Gilbert, of Rethinking Cold War Culture (2001); and a coauthor, with Akira Kimura, of Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (published in Japanese in 2010) and, with Yuki Tanaka, of Nuclear Power and Hiroshima: The Truth behind the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power (published in Japanese in 2011), he studies nuclear issues, past and present, and is writing a book about scientists and the Vietnam War. He helped found the Committee for a National Discussion of Nuclear History and Current Policy in 2003, in response to a Smithsonian Enola Gay exhibit, and the Nuclear Education Project. He is also a coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States (2012), a 10-part documentary film series and companion book on the history of the American empire and national security state, and he has also written a screenplay on the early Cold War.
- Lost Cause: Henry Wallace’s Struggle to Change the Course of History, 1944-1946
- The Decision to Risk the Future: Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb
- Averting a “Disaster Incomprehensible in its Magnitude”: Scientists’ Opposition to the U.S. Invasion of Vietnam
- Just Like a Bullet: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Nuclearization of America
- Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s and 1960s America