AUTHORMueller, John E.
TITLEAtomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYNew York, NY

In this book, the author argues that excessive fears and anxieties about nuclear weapons have distorted the spending priorities of nations and led to ill-conceived policies that have often been counterproductive to both domestic and international well being. The book is divided into three major sections. The first looks at nuclear weapons and their influence on history since their use at the end of World War II. The second addresses the effects of nuclear proliferation on the internal and external policies of nations that have acquired those weapons. The final section seeks to lessen fears of nuclear terrorism by examining terrorists' motivations and the obstacles to mounting an attack with either a dirty bomb or a fission device. Extensive footnotes and a solid bibliography support the author’s thesis.

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