AUTHORPierre, Andrew J.
TITLENuclear Politics
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

This book is a political and strategic examination of the United Kingdom’s experience from 1939 to 1970 in the development and maintenance of an independent nuclear arms program. Andrew Pierre focuses on the U.K. as it was the first non-superpower country to obtain nuclear weapons, and he asserts that the country’s actions played a significant role in leading to the proliferation of nuclear arms. Pierre gives the history of the various nuclear weapons programs pursued by the U.K. and how prohibitively high costs drove the country to intertwine its nuclear arms program with that of the United States. The book also contains in-depth coverage of the mixing of domestic politics and foreign policy within the context of the United Kingdom’s nuclear program.

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