AUTHORSimpson, John
TITLEThe Independent Nuclear State: The United States, Britain and the Military Atom
PUBLISHERSt. Martin’s Press
CITYNew York, NY

This book presents a study of the British nuclear weapons program from the 1940s through the early 1980s, stressing throughout the importance of the Anglo-American nuclear relationship. There were periods when that relationship involved a great deal of information exchange, such as during the 1960s, but there were other periods when the British program was independent of the American program, which was true from just after World War II through most of the 1950s. Both submarine reactors and civil reactors for power production are discussed. Also, the book addresses the idea of British nuclear disarmament and what that could mean for the United Kingdom. The book is supported with extensive notes, a lengthy bibliography, and several useful appendices, including one listing all of the British nuclear tests and another dealing with the number of British strategic nuclear delivery systems in service.

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