AUTHORBundy, William P., Ed.
TITLEThe Nuclear Controversy
PUBLISHERNew American Library
CITYNew York, NY

Published under the auspices of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, this book is a collection of 14 essays written within the context of the nuclear weapons debate of the 1980s and originally published in the journal Foreign Affairs. Following an introduction by the editor, the five sections of the book present contributions by such well known authors as George Kennan, Robert McNamara, Andrei Sakharov, and Carl Sagan. The first section consists of a single essay on why the idea of limited nuclear war is not feasible. The five essays in the second section discuss nuclear weapons and the defense of Europe, with arguments primarily about whether or not the United States should adopt a "no first use" policy. The next part contains two essays that explain and provide evidence for the catastrophic climactic consequences of nuclear war and suggest policy steps to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons. In the fourth section, essays target arms control, with the main idea being a “build-down” concept to invigorate the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-I) negotiations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The final two essays in the collection analyze U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s missile defense proposal, Star Wars.

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