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, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 660–662 | Cite as

Review of Joseph M. Siracusa and Aiden Warren. 2017. Weapons of Mass Destruction: the Search for Global Security. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Pp 278. ISBN 978-1-4422-4237-1, Paperback, $30.00

  • Michelle Bentley
Book Review

Weapons of Mass Destruction: the Search for Global Securityis a comprehensive primer on the history, threat, and attempted control of nuclear weapons. The authors—both highly respected experts in the field—not only provide a clear account of what has happened in terms of controlling nuclear armaments since their development and use at Hiroshima, but also place this analysis within the context of non-proliferation theory and questions about global security. In bringing these different aspects of the issue together, Siracusa and Warren provide a compelling case for more expansive arms control mechanisms to secure, what are arguably, the world’s worst weapons. Chapters 1 and 2 begin this historical assessment by analysing the birth of the atomic bomb and its technical and political development throughout the Cold War. The authors are successful at negotiating the complexities of Cold War nuclear politics and present an accessible study of what can otherwise be a convoluted issue. Yet it...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal HollowayUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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