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1The Final Epidemic

Into the eternal darkness, into fire, into ice.—DANTE, The Inferno

The decisions that influence the course of history arise out of the individual experiences of thousands of millions of individuals.—HOWARD ZINN

ON REFLECTION, MY ENTIRE LIFE had prepared me for a moment of extraordinary challenge. I was already middle-aged when I began an emotional and intellectual journey through rugged and uncharted terrain. I risked credibility and even retribution when I joined forces with a perceived enemy to contain the unparalleled terror of nuclear war. The enemy became a friend, and together we launched a global movement.

This is both my story and the story of an organization founded to engage millions of people worldwide in a ...

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