Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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About the Author
Joseph M. Siracusa is Professor in International Studies and Director of Global Studies, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is internationally known for his writings on nuclear history, diplomacy and presidential politics, and is also a frequent political affairs commentator in the Australian media, including ABC Radio National. He has worked at Merrill Lynch, in Boston; in the Department of History, University of Queensland; and served as a senior visiting fellow in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University. Among his numerous books are The American Diplomatic Revolution: A Documentary History of the Cold War; A History of United States Foreign Policy; Depression to Cold War (with David G. Coleman); Presidential Profiles: The Kennedy Years; and Real-World Nuclear Deterrence (with David G. Coleman).
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The book is part of Oxford University Press's marvellous series of Very Short Introductions and while I had initial reservations about the historical elements of the book, Siracusa eventually won me over. The science of nuclear weapons is not well understood by the vast majority of people and Siracusa does attempt to explain it in layperson's terms. Having read Richard Rhodes' seminal work, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, I was reasonably well aware of the mechanics of the system but also very cognizant of the historical aspects, which are glossed over a bit too carelessly in this one, even for such a short book.
Once the basics are out of the way, the post WWII global scene is dealt with and Siracusa moves quite well between the various policies adopted by countries in a changing world where the balance of power shifted quite rapidly from US monopoly to a policy of containment as the Soviet Union developed their own weapons. Various developments are well discussed, as the development of the hydrogen bomb and missile technology evolved into Mutual Assured Destruction: MAD.Read more ›
I would highly recomend this book to any one wanting to know more about nuclear weapons.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too short to be useful- nothing here that we don't already know!.
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Concise, to the point and everything needed for the lay reader to understand.Published 23 months ago by G. Owen
I used this book as a basis for a lecture I was giving. I found it absorbing and interesting, and just the right amount of detail for my purpose.Published on 30 Jan. 2013 by Philip G Jones
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