AUTHORChengappa, Raj
TITLEWeapons of Peace: The Secret Story of India's Quest to be a Nuclear Power
PUBLISHERHarperCollins Publishers
CITYNew York, NY

This book discusses India’s decision to build a nuclear bomb and unravels the history and consequences of that decision, which was made in secrecy. India decided to begin nuclear tests in the late 1960s, and tension grew when Pakistan successfully launched a long range missile called Ghauri in the 1990s. Based on almost 200 interviews with participants, the author focuses on what happened and who knew about which aspects of the project, carrying the story forward to the late 1990s. The phrase “weapons of peace” is used to refer to nuclear weapons, because in India the people see the weapons as important in deterring war and keeping India a free state. The book flows nicely and allows readers who are not scientists to understand India’s nuclear history.

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