AUTHORRhodes, Richard
TITLEThe Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons
PUBLISHERAlfred A. Knopf
CITYNew York, NY

The fourth volume in the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s history of nuclear weapons deals with the events and issues arising since the end of the Cold War. The initial chapters describe Iraq’s attempt to develop a nuclear weapon in the 1980s and the search of its nuclear facilities after the 1991 Gulf War. Chapters in the second section focus on the issues raised by the dissolution of the former Soviet Union into four nuclear-armed states and why the Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan ceded their weapons to Russia. The third section presents the cooperative efforts of the U.S. and Russia to reduce both nuclear weapons and Russian nuclear materials, South Africa's decision to give up its nuclear arsenal, attempts to limit North Korea's (DPRK) nuclear weapons program, the politics and management of the U.S. nuclear weapons program, and the effectiveness of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in view of Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests in the 1990s. The final section, entitled "An Intolerable Threat to All Humanity," discusses Iraq's perceived nuclear weapons program in the run up to the second Gulf War and the possibility of nuclear terrorism from non-state groups as the author makes a case for reducing and finally eliminating the nuclear arsenals of all nations. The book includes an extensive bibliography.

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