AUTHORBundy, McGeorge
TITLEDanger and Survival: Choices about the Bomb in the First Fifty Years
PUBLISHERRandom House, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1988
ISBN0-394-52278-8


McGeorge Bundy, who was special assistant for U.S. national security affairs during the Berlin and Cuban crises, wrote this history of the political choices that defined the course of nuclear policy. The author analyzes dozens of important choices, beginning with Roosevelt’s decision to build the atomic bomb, and focuses on the crises that Roosevelt witnessed in the White House. Bundy discusses similar choices on nuclear policies made by other nations, including France, China, and Israel. Written near the end of the Cold War, the book suggests that the superpowers will continue to reduce their arsenals and that proliferation will die out. The book thoroughly treats the political history of nuclear weapons, and contains excellent chapters on the U.S. decision to build the atomic bomb, the decisions to use it, and the early postwar domestic and international efforts to control it.


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