on 17 July 2011
Very insightful read and provokes some very interesting questions.
Being from the UK, I was very pro-Trident before reading this - i.e the UK should have its own nuclear deterrent - but this book has caused me to question why I thought that and whether I still should maintain that same view and whether I still would. I started feeling the book was coming from a very "pro-Zero" (destroy all nuclear weapons) position, but the author carefully constructs and counter-argues both sides of the debate in an exceptional fashion.
If you've ever found yourself questioning the point or use of nuclear weapons in the current world-wide political climate; whether they would, or could, ever be used; whether it would be moral to do so; how and why such a cataclysmic scenario might come about; whether or not nuclear deterrent has, or continues, to work; and whether a world with zero nuclear weapons is possible, achievable or even feasible, I would highly recommend this book.
Contains excellent discussions with other notable authors on the subject, many of whom I will now undertake to read.