AUTHORSchwartz, Stephen I., Ed.
TITLEAtomic Audit: the Cost and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940
PUBLISHERBrookings Institution Press
CITYWashington, D.C.

This book contains a series of comprehensive essays on the atomic bomb and recent developments in its history. It explains how the bomb was built, deployed, targeted, and controlled. It also investigates how the U.S. government defended the United States against nuclear threats from the Soviet Union, China, and the developing world, and how, at the end of the Cold War, it began to dismantle its massive arsenal. A few chapters examine the environmental, economic, and medical consequences of nuclear weapons, and the last chapter concentrates on the need to strengthen atomic accountability. The book is informative, and is filled with many charts and diagrams. The associated website contains updated materials.

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