AUTHORFischer, David
TITLEHistory of the International Atomic Energy Agency: The First Forty Years
PUBLISHERInternational Atomic Energy Agency
CITYVienna, Austria
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This book provides an extensive history of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from the ideas that guided its formation, as proposed by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953, through 1997. The document is divided into three parts: the first part narrates the creation of the IAEA, the second part focuses on the operations and actions of the agency, and the last outlines the issues and challenges that the IAEA faces in the 21st century. Topics that the IAEA has confronted are discussed, such as determining nuclear safeguards and developing nuclear power. Annexes provide the statute of the IAEA, an excerpt from President Eisenhower’s 1953 “Atoms for Peace” speech, and budget statistics of the agency. A glossary and bibliography are included, and each chapter is followed by extensive notes. The author was associated with the IAEA for over forty years as a director and consultant, and he gives the document an informal, readable tone.

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