In Nuclear Statecraft, Francis J. Gavin challenges key elements of the widely accepted narrative about the history of the atomic age and the consequences of the nuclear revolution.
Gavin reassesses the strategy of flexible response, the influence of nuclear weapons during the Berlin Crisis, the origins of and motivations for US nuclear nonproliferation policy, and how to assess the nuclear dangers we face today. Archival evidence makes it clear that decision makers were more concerned about underlying geopolitical questions than about the strategic dynamic between two nuclear superpowers.
Gavin's rigorous historical work not only tells us what happened in the past but also offers a powerful tool to explain how nuclear weapons influence international relations.
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- Jessie M Beals
Praise for Gavin
In a word clogged with criticism of nuclear zero supporters, Gavin objectively looks at the issue of nuclear weapons without throwing away any courses of action
- E. Jackson
Excellent content/poorly read
This is an excellent look y researched and written book that should be on every political scientists shelf. The reading quality, however, is poor so buy the book instead of the audiobook.