Bomb Scare The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons

ISBN-10: 0231135114

ISBN-13: 9780231135115

Edition: 2008

Authors: Joseph Cirincione

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Since their inception, nuclear weapons have multiplied at an alarming rate, leaving everyone from policymakers to concerned citizens wondering what it will take to slow, stop, or even reverse their spread. With clarity and expertise, Joseph Cirincione presents an even-handed look at the history of nuclear proliferation and an optimistic vision of its future, providing a comprehensive survey of the wide range of critical perspectives. Cirincione begins with the first atomic discoveries of the 1930s and covers the history of their growth all the way to current crisis with Iran. He unravels the science, strategy, and politics that have fueled the development of nuclear stockpiles and increased the chance of a nuclear terrorist attack. He also explains why many nations choose not to pursue nuclear weapons and pulls from this the outlines of a solution to the world's proliferation problem: a balance of force and diplomacy, enforcement and engagement that yields a steady decrease in these deadly arsenals. Though nuclear weapons have not been used in war since August 1945, there is no guarantee this good fortune will continue. A unique blend of history, theory, and security analysis, Bomb Scareis an engaging text that not only supplies the general reader and student with a clear understanding of this issue but also provides a set of tools policymakers and scholars can use to prevent the cataclysmic consequences of another nuclear attack.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902

Joseph Cirincione is the president of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation concentrating on nuclear weapons issues, and teaches at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He has served as a senior vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, the director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and on the professional staff of the Armed Services Committee and the Government Operations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the coauthor of Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threatsand Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Building the Bomb
Controlling the Bomb
Racing with the Bomb
Why States Want Nuclear Weapons-and Why They Don't
Today's Nuclear World
The New U.S. Policy
The Good News About Proliferation
Nuclear Solutions
Afterword: The Shape of Things to Come
Notes
Glossary
Index
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