AUTHORGoodby, James E.
TITLEAt the Borderline of Armageddon: How American Presidents Managed the Atomic Bomb
PUBLISHERRowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
CITYLanham, MD

This book chronicles the policies and perspectives of U.S. presidents with respect to nuclear weapons, from 1941 through 2006. It provides an interesting comparison of presidential attitudes and actions regarding nuclear weapons and potential nuclear conflicts. Written by an author who held senior U.S. government positions in arms control and nonproliferation from 1982 to 2001, the text reveals that while policy-making regarding weapons development, arms control negotiations, and, most recently, nuclear terrorism has involved both the president and his advisors, the final decisions have rested with the president alone. The author considers it a positive reflection on the presidents involved that the U.S. has avoided nuclear war during the time period covered by the book.

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