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Nuclear weapons

Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction
by Joseph M Siracusa ~ Paperback / softback

Despite not having been used in anger since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the atomic bomb is still the biggest threat that faces us in the 21st century. As Bill Clinton's first secretary of defence, Les Aspin, aptly put it: 'The Cold War is over, the Soviet Union is no more. But the post-Cold War world is...

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The Doomsday Machine
by Daniel Ellsberg ~ Hardback

Shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-Fiction From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, the first insider expose of the awful dangers of America's hidden, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that is chillingly still extant At the same time for...

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Command and Control
by Eric Schlosser ~ Paperback / softback
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Command and Control interweaves the minute-by-minute story of an accident at a missile silo in rural Arkansas, where a single crew struggled to prevent the explosion of the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States, with a historical narrative that spans more than fifty years. It...

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Hunting Hitler's Nukes
by Damien Lewis ~ Paperback / softback

'You couldn't make these stories up: yet they're true, and Lewis does the memory of these extraordinary men full justice in a tale that is both heart-stopping and moving' Evening Standard 'Suicidal bravery, untold moral courage and awe-inspiring survival. An utterly compelling read' Bear Grylls ...

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Sleepwalking To Armageddon
Paperback / softback

With the world's attention focused on climate change and terrorism, we are in danger of taking our eyes off the nuclear threat. But rising tensions between Russia and NATO, proxy wars erupting in Syria and Ukraine, a nuclear-armed Pakistan, and stockpiles of ageing weapons unsecured around the globe...

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At the Edge of the Abyss

In the last two weeks of October 1962, the world came closer to nuclear warfare than it ever has. For 14 tense days, United States President John F Kennedy and Soviet Premiere Nikita Kruschev stood eyeball to eyeball, each with his hand on the nuclear trigger. In the end, both sides blinked. This vo...

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The Brink
by Marc Ambinder ~ Paperback / softback

"An informative and often enthralling the appealing style of Tom Clancy" (Kirkus Reviews) about the 1983 war game that triggered a tense, brittle period of nuclear brinkmanship between the United States and the former Soviet Union. What happened in 1983 to make the Soviet Union so afraid o...

Pre-order - out 30 Jul 2019
The Doomsday Machine
by Daniel Ellsberg ~ Paperback / softback

From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, the first insider expose of the terrifying dangers of America's hidden, seventy-year-long nuclear policy. At the same time former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a cache...

Pre-order - out 24 Jan 2019
The Winter Fortress
by Neal Bascomb ~ Hardback

The thrilling story of how SOE-trained commandos destroyed the Nazis' nuclear-weapons programme in one of the most daring - and successful - raids of World War II. It's 1942 and the Nazis are racing to build an atomic bomb. They have the physicists, but they don't have enough 'heavy water' - ess...

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North Korean Nuclear Weapon And Reunification Of The Korean Peninsula
by Sung-Wook Nam ~ Hardback

This book explains the origin and historical development of North Korean nuclear weapon dated from the aftermath of World War II. The story of North Korea's nuclear programme began when the United States dropped atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 which led to Japan's immediate d...

Pre-order - out 31 Oct 2019
To Hell and Back
by Charles Pellegrino ~ Paperback / softback

To Hell and Back offers readers a stunning, "you are there" time capsule, wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. Also available from compatible vendors is...

Pre-order - out 1 Feb 2019
The Kennedy Tapes
Paperback / softback

For sheer drama, this work of history may never be duplicated. The events of the Cuban Missile Crisis unfold in the actual words of President John F. Kennedy and his top advisers. Now available in a new, concise edition, this book retains its gripping sense of history in the making. "[A] splendid...

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Cambridge Essential Histories
by Wilson D. Miscamble ~ Paperback / softback

This book explores the American use of atomic bombs and the role these weapons played in the defeat of the Japanese Empire in World War II. It focuses on President Harry S. Truman's decision-making regarding this most controversial of all his decisions. The book relies on notable archival research a...

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Three Days in Moscow
by Bret Baier ~ Paperback / softback

A Thousand miles behind the Iron Curtain, he stood for freedom The #1 bestselling author and award-winning anchor of the #1 rated Special Report with Bret Baier reveals as never before Ronald Reagan's dramatic battle to win the Cold War In his acclaimed bestseller Three Days in January, Bret Baier...

Pre-order - out 24 Apr 2019
Disarming Doomsday
by Becky Alexis-Martin ~ Hardback

Since the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, the history of nuclear warfare has been tangled with the spaces and places of scientific research and weapons testing, armament and disarmament, pacifism and proliferation. Nuclear geography gives us the tools to understand these events, and the e...

Pre-order - out 20 May 2019
Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War
by Kevin Ruane ~ Paperback / softback

Covering the development of the atomic bomb during the Second World War, the origins and early course of the Cold War, and the advent of the hydrogen bomb in the early 1950s, Churchill and the Bomb explores a still neglected aspect of Winston Churchill's career - his relationship with and thinking o...

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Disarming Doomsday
by Becky Alexis-Martin ~ Paperback / softback

Since the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, the history of nuclear warfare has been tangled with the spaces and places of scientific research and weapons testing, armament and disarmament, pacifism and proliferation. Nuclear geography gives us the tools to understand these events, and the e...

Pre-order - out 20 May 2019
Mullahs Without Mercy
by Geoffrey Robertson ~ Paperback / softback

Geoffrey Robertson QC explains how to avoid war in the Middle East and a catastrophic nuclear disaster. - What is worse- Iran getting the bomb or America bombing Iran? - Will our children ever live in a world without nuclear weapons? - Can states that mass-murder their own people be trusted with a w...

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Armageddon and Paranoia
by Rodric Braithwaite ~ Paperback / softback

In 1945, the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and warfare was never the same again. Armageddon and Paranoia relates how the power of the atom was harnessed to produce weapons capable of destroying human civilisation and considers what this has done to the world. There are few villains in this sto...

Pre-order - out 3 Jan 2019
by Susan Southard ~ Paperback / softback

"[A] reminder of just how horrible nuclear weapons are."--The Wall Street Journal "A devastating read that highlights man's capacity to wreak destruction, but in which one also catches a glimpse of all that is best about people."--San Francisco Chronicle "A poignant and complex picture of the seco...

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On Thermonuclear War
by Herman Kahn ~ Paperback / softback

On Thermonuclear War was controversial when originally published and remains so today. It is iconoclastic, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and finally it is calm and compellingly reasonable. The book was widely read on both sides of the Iron Curtain and the result was serious revision in both Weste...

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Land of Nuclear Enchantment
by Lucie Genay ~ Hardback

In this thoughtful social history of New Mexico's nuclear industry, Lucie Genay traces the scientific colonization of the state in the twentieth century from the points of view of the local people. Genay focuses on personal experiences in order to give a sense of the upheaval that accompanied the ri...

Pre-order - out 30 Apr 2019
by Andrew J. Rotter ~ Paperback / softback

The US decision to drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 remains one of the most controversial events of the twentieth century. However, the controversy over the rights and wrongs of dropping the bomb has tended to obscure a number of fundamental and sobering truths ...

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How to Survive an Atomic Attack
by Department of Defense ~ Paperback / softback

Official US government advice on how to survive an atomic attack - including full instructions on building your own nuclear shelter. In 1949 the Soviet Union detonated its first nuclear bomb, heralding the era of the Cold War in which the prospect of a thermonuclear attack and Mutually Assured Dest...

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by Jim Baggott ~ Paperback / softback

An account of the race to build humankind's most destructive weapon. This book draws on declassified material, such as MI6's FarmHall transcripts, coded Soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the Soviet arch...

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Burning the Sky
by Mark Wolverton ~ Hardback

When the Soviet Union demonstrated it possessed an operational intercontinental ballistic missile with the launch of Sputnik the world watched anxiously as the US engaged in a game of nuclear one-upmanship with the USSR. In the midst of rising tensions, Nicholas Christofilos, an eccentric physicist,...

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The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes ~ Paperback / softback

Twenty-five years after its initial publication, The Making of the Atomic Bomb remains the definitive history of nuclear weapons and the Manhattan Project. From the turn-of-the-century discovery of nuclear energy to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan, Richard Rhodes's Pulitzer Prize-winning bo...

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Raven Rock
by Garrett M Graff ~ Paperback / softback

The shocking truth about the government's secret plans to survive a catastrophic attack on US soil-even if the rest of us die-is "a frightening eye-opener" (Kirkus Reviews) that spans the dawn of the nuclear age to today, and "contains everything one could possibly want to know" (The Wall Street Jou...

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Eisenhower's Nuclear Calculus in Europe
by Gates Brown ~ Paperback / softback

President Eisenhower's reliance on atomic weapons created as many problems as he hoped to solve with his defense policy. He hoped to provide a sustainable defense strategy that allowed the United States to maintain its security requirements without creating an excessive economic burden. This defense...

Pre-order - out 30 Dec 2018
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The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
by Stuart Casey-Maslen ~ Hardback

This Commentary offers detailed background and analysis of the Treaty on the Prohibion of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted at the UN Headquarters in New York in July 2017. The Treaty comprehensively prohibits the use, development, export, and possession of nuclear weapons. Stuart Casey-Maslen, a ...

Pre-order - out 31 Dec 2018
by Peter Watson ~ Hardback

Between December 1943 and August 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill ignited the Cold War, a superpower rivalry that would dominate the world over half a century, by building an atomic bomb and excluding their Russian allies. Peter Watson tells the pulse-pounding story of how two a...

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by Grant F Smith ~ Paperback

Based on an exhaustive review of formerly classified government documents-as well as previously unexplored corporate filings, office diaries and unguarded interviews-Grant F. Smith has written a riveting story of the 1960s diversion of US weapons-grade nuclear material from an Israeli front company ...

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Renewing America's Nuclear Arsenal
by James E Doyle ~ Paperback / softback

In the next few years the US government will make decisions regarding the renewal of its triad of air-, land- and sea-based nuclear weapons that will have huge implications for the security of the country and its allies, its public finances, and the salience of nuclear weapons in global politics. Cu...

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The Cuban Missile Crisis
by Roger Hilsman ~ Hardback

This book tells the story of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the struggle that President Kennedy and his advisers (including the author, who was head of intelligence at the State Department) went through to try to understand why the Soviet Union had put nuclear missiles in Cuba, the alternative po...

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Gunboat Diplomacy and the Bomb
by Eric H. Arnett ~ Hardback

As more countries develop nuclear weapons, the effectiveness of the bomb as a deterrent reduces. The author discusses this proliferation with regard to the options open to the USA naval forces. Using India, Iran and Libya to present these scenarios, the author discusses whether these countries are i...

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Double-Edged Sword
by Appu K Soman ~ Hardback

An examination of the political and diplomatic role of American nuclear weapons in conflicts with a non-nuclear China in the Korean War and the Taiwan Strait crises of 1954-1955 and 1958, this study analyzes the American tendency to become involved in confrontations with far weaker powers over issue...

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No Reason To Talk About It
by David S. Greenwald ~ Hardback

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Trident on Trial
by Angie Zelter ~ Paperback / softback

On a beautiful summer's evening in 1999, three women - Ellen Moxley, Ulla Roder, and Angie Zelter - boarded a barge moored on a Scottish loch and threw some computer equipment overboard. Sheriff Margaret Gimblett acquitted 'The Trident Three' on the basis that they were acting as global citizens pre...

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State Behavior and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

This is the first book-length study of why states sometimes ignore, oppose, or undermine elements of the nuclear nonproliferation regime-even as they formally support it. Anchored by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the nuclear nonproliferation regime is the constellation of a...

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