AUTHORLieberman, Joseph I.
TITLEThe Scorpion and the Tarantula: The Struggle to Control Atomic Weapons, 1945-1949
PUBLISHERHoughton Mifflin Company
CITYBoston, MA
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Published in 1970, this book analyzes the failure of the international community to restrict development of atomic weapons during the American monopoly of the technology until 1949. The author is a U.S. Senator from Connecticut and was the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2000 election. He argues that international negotiations were primarily ways to appease the public, who wanted to control the destructive tendencies of the atomic bomb. The efforts were ultimately futile because of the lack of historic understanding the Soviet Union and the United States had for one another. According to the author, the beginning of the Cold War was not a case of good versus evil, but was a matter of survival for both nations. He stresses that it is important to consider the political histories of the Soviet Union and the United States in order to understand the failure of their relations and why attempts to control nuclear weapons after World War II were unsuccessful.

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