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The Evolution Of Nuclear Strategy
The book begins with the theories of airpower which shaped the early appreciation of the role of atomic weapons. A discussion follows of the movement in the West towards reliance on nuclear weapons to deter Soviet aggression, and of the major problem of credibility that arose as soon as the Soviet Union developed its own nuclear capability.
Paperback, 473 pages
Published June 18th 1983 by Palgrave MacMillan
(first published October 1st 1981)
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Dec 20, 2012 William Vogel rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A good, if limited book, which would perhaps better be entitled "The Evolution of American Nuclear Strategy." It provides a comprehensive summary overview of the currents of American debate on nuclear issues, with a cursory inclusion of European and Soviet perspectives. This paucity of Soviet information may be ascribed to the book's original Cold War-era publication, but it is clear that it has not been particularly heavily revised for the 3rd (2003) edition. Ironically enough, the essentially ...more
Tremendous historic perspective. The book describes superbly the cycles of strategy from biblical and acient greek (deceptive) times till today. Onething is for sure. To strategize or understand strategy per se, still the mandatory reading is Clausewitz's On War reading...and re reading...