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The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

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This book is a counter to the conventional wisdom that the United States can and should do more to reduce both the role of nuclear weapons in its security strategies and the number of weapons in its arsenal. The case against nuclear weapons has been made on many grounds—including historical, political, and moral. But, Brad Roberts argues, it has not so far been informed by ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 9th 2015 by Stanford Security Studies (first published November 1st 2015)
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Professor Chaos
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Read because I frequently attend virtual seminars hosted by the author through Lawrence Livermore National Lab. I find him unusually thoughtful and even-handed. The book is often redundant and full of so many details that it is easy to lose the forest for the trees, but ultimately I found his case compelling. Interestingly enough, I came away with both a stronger sense of need for the weapons complex as well as a deeper appreciation for the nonproliferation regime. I also have higher regard for ...more
Carl Rhodes
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lays out a compelling case and logic for current and future nuclear strategy. A good look at the threats the country may face and must deter.
Matt Heavner
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether or not you agree with the conclusions, this book does a fantastic job of clearly laying out the breadth and depth of the role of nuclear weapons in strategic stability, deterrence, assurance, arms control and non-proliferation.

This book could be called "The 1, 2, 3, ... 's of nuclear weapons in the 21st Century" - I was amazed just how many times (uncountable? :) there was an enumerated list of points. While a bit unusual, it actually helped with following a rather complicated (and dry)
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