It Is Possible: A Future Without Nuclear Weapons

It Is Possible

A Future Without Nuclear Weapons

by Ward Hayes Wilson

Provides the inspiration people need to eliminate these weapons.

Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Arguably the most important contribution to the debate over the efficacy/fallacy of nuclear deterrence ever written.

Martin Sherwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of nuclear weapons

…makes me believe that the eradication of nuclear weapons is feasible in our lifetime.

Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

You owe it to yourself to read this remarkable message of hope.

Joe Morris Doss, Episcopal Bishop (ret.)

The world doesn’t need nuclear weapons and this book proves this fact clearly and firmly.

Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Iranian judge, activist, founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

For the better part of a century, presidents, government bodies, admirals, academics, journalists, and ordinary people alike have largely accepted the necessity of nuclear weapons. But what are the historical, political, and technological assumptions that underlie this widely shared belief, and do they hold water? What if the value of nuclear weapons has been overestimated and overstated? What if the elimination of nuclear weapons is not only possible, but actually prudent and practical?

Endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize laureates, former presidents, military leaders, Pulitzer Prize-winning historians, and more, It Is Possible lays out a practical, pragmatic pathway to eliminating nuclear weapons. Each accessibly written chapter addresses a key issue in the nuclear weapons debate, from the political failures of the anti-nuclear movement to the fundamental ineffectuality of the weapons themselves and from the historical framing that continues to shape our current understanding to the new grassroots movement needed to change both minds and policies. It Is Possible arms readers with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration needed to eliminate one of the most dangerous threats to our shared civilization.


Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists • September 19, 2023

Ward Hayes Wilson’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Times • August 3, 2023

Op-ed in the Korea Herald • August 14, 2023

Are Nuclear Weapons Still Fit for Purpose?
Ward Hayes Wilson debates Sir Lawrence Freedman

Live debate hosted by the Soho Forum • September 19, 2022

The Political Orphanage with Andrew Heaton • 2020

Talkworks Films • 2012

About the Author

Ward Hayes Wilson is the executive director of RealistRevolt and the author of Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons, which was endorsed by Pulitzer-Prize-winning historians of nuclear weapons, military leaders, and Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Wilson has published widely in both popular and academic journals including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nonproliferation Review, Joint Force Quarterly, Parameters, Revue de Défense Nationale, Survival, Foreign Policy, International Security, Ethics and International Affairs, The Diplomat, and others. Having appeared on national and international television, radio, and podcasts, Wilson is a sought-after public speaker who has presented in government, academic, and popular settings in 23 countries on six continents.