AUTHORGreene, Benjamin P.
TITLEEisenhower, Science Advice, and the Nuclear Test-Ban Debate, 1945-1963
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA

This book examines the nuclear test-ban debate that occurred within the adminstration of U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, from 1945 to 1963, challenging previous research to argue that Eisenhower strongly desired a nuclear test ban. Relying on internal memorandums and other sources, the author relates the circumstances that ultimately prevented the implementation of a test ban during Eisenhower’s presidency. The book emphasizes the influence of Lewis Strauss, Eisenhower’s leadership style, and how both of these elements led Eisenhower to heed the counsel of the Atomic Energy Commission's (AEC) small group of scientists who were in league with Strauss against the test ban. Progressing chronologically, the book charts the evolution of Eisenhower’s attitude toward the atomic bomb and nuclear warfare, stressing “the pivotal role of scientists inside and outside of government in shaping the test-ban debate” (p.6). The book includes a list of relevant abbreviations, detailed chapter notes, and a thorough index.

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