AUTHORMaddock, Shane J.
TITLENuclear Apartheid: The Quest for American Atomic Supremacy from World War II to the Present
PUBLISHERUniversity of North Carolina Press
CITYChapel Hill, NC

This 2010 history presents the U.S.-Soviet arms race from the author’s perspective, which characterizes the policies of the U.S. as "nuclear apartheid." He contends that the U.S. claims the right to amass and employ nuclear weapons while denying that right to other states based on the United States' opinion of those states and desire for supremacy. The book draws on declassified documents from the U.S. and other nations to support the premise that American nonproliferation policy has emphasized the maintenance of nuclear superiority and global dominance. The narrative traces the evolution of U.S. nuclear policy from the first failed nonproliferation proposal, the Baruch Plan in 1946, through successive administrations of U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson. A final chapter focuses on the legacy of U.S. nuclear policy from 1970 to 2008 and its relationship to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The work is supported by an extensive bibliography and endnotes.

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