AUTHORBush, Vannevar
TITLEModern Arms and Free Men: A Discussion of the Role of Science in Preserving Democracy
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1949
ISBN0-3132-4985-7


This book primarily explains the weapons and techniques that led to the massive destruction of both possessions and human lives during World War II, and describes some weapons that emerged after the war. The book also clarifies the limitations of new weapons including the guided missile, the atomic bomb, the jet plane, biological agents, and poison gas. Bush, who was the director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development during the war, suggests that the advantages of democracy far outweigh those of absolutism. He constantly extols freedom and individuality as he attempts to demonstrate why totalitarianism is less effective in peace and war. This book is both a guide to the weapons of the late 1940s and a social commentary on the beginning of the Cold War.


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