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Nuclear Illusion, Nuclear Reality

Britain, the United States and Nuclear Weapons, 1958–64


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Richard Moore
      Pages 1-21
  3. Nuclear Illusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Richard Moore
      Pages 25-77
    3. Richard Moore
      Pages 78-141
  4. Nuclear Reality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Richard Moore
      Pages 145-193
    3. Richard Moore
      Pages 194-239
  5. Conclusions

    1. Richard Moore
      Pages 240-255
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 256-332

About this book


A study of the political, military and technical aspects of Britain's nuclear weapons programme under the Macmillan government, contrasting Britain's perceived political decline with its growth in technological mastery and military nuclear capability. Important reading for anyone interested in the history and military technology of the cold war.


Cold War Contras USA

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mountbatten Centre for International StudiesUniversity of SouthamptonUK

About the authors

RICHARD MOORE  is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies at the University of Southampton, UK. He studied history and international relations at the University of Cambridge, and his PhD dissertation for the University of Hull was published as The Royal Navy and Nuclear Weapons (2001).

Bibliographic information


'...a most rewarding and fascinating read...' - Royal Air Force Historical Society

'this thoughtful book is an excellent study on a turbulent period of Britain's nuclear history and veritable trove of material on all aspects of the story. It deserves to be diligently mined by readers for a long time to come.'

- Matthew Grant in Contemporary British History

'a valuable addition to the literature, and a valuable resource for any student of the period.'

- Melissa Smith, British Journal for the History of Science

'Moore has written an admirably clear and deeply-researched account of British nuclear policy across this era. By rendering such an intricate and at times arcane subject in straightforward, uncluttered and authoritative prose, Moore has made a substantial contribution to the literature on postwar nuclear policy.'

- Matthew Jones, University of Nottingham, UK