Though a second Pauling-Teller debate was not to be, their arguments continued in other ways. When Teller got his views published
in leading magazines and prepared to release a book titled Our Nuclear Future, Pauling marshalled his arguments with a book of his own, No More War! Dictated over two long weekends in March 1958, the Pauling book was part scientific analysis, part jeremiad. Early chapters
were scientific in tone, focusing on Pauling's bread and butter topics -- atomic fission and fusion, the creation of fallout,
the link between radiation and genetic mutations. Only occasional barbs were thrown Teller's way. Pauling answered Teller's
comment that a little radiation might be good for the genes, for instance, by paraphrasing J. B. S. Haldane: My clock is
not keeping perfect time. It is conceivable that it will run better if I shoot a bullet through it, but it is much more probable
that it will stop altogether.
Pauling's tone became much more aggressive as the book moved into its later chapters. "Does the Commandment ‘Thou shalt not
kill’ mean nothing to us?" Pauling asked in its final pages. "Are we to interpret it as meaning ‘Thou shalt not kill except
on a grand scale,’ or ‘Thou shalt not kill except when the national leaders say to do so’?" He then restated his call for
a significant program of peace research, including a World Peace Research Organization in the UN and a new US cabinet-level
agency, a Department for Peace. What was needed, he wrote, was not more debate. What was needed to end the threat of fallout
was an immediate ban on the testing of nuclear weapons.