Author(s): Joseph M. Siracusa
Despite now not having been utilized in anger since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear guns are nonetheless the most important risk that faces us within the 21st century. Indeed, for all of the effort to cut back nuclear stockpiles to 0 and to stay different countries (akin to Iran) from growing nuclear capacity, it kind of feels that the Bomb is right here to stick. In this gripping Very Short Introduction, Joseph M. Siracusa, an the world over revered authority on nuclear hands, supplies a complete, obtainable, and now and then chilling evaluate of essentially the most fatal weapon ever invented. Siracusa explains the historical past of the hands race and the politics of the bomb, starting from the era of nuclear guns, to the progressive implications of the H-bomb and the politics of nuclear deterrence. The problems are set in opposition to a backdrop of the converting global panorama, from the early days of construction, throughout the Cold War, to the present-day controversy over George W. Bush’s National Missile Defense, and the function of nuclear guns in an Age of Terror. Providing an obtainable and eye-opening backdrop to one of the crucial unsettling sides of the fashionable global, this compact creation is will have to studying.
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