The Origins of U.S. Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1953

Author(s): 
Williamson, Samuel R.
Author(s): 
Rearden, Steven L.
ISBN: 
0312089643
Date published: 
June 1993
Hardback
Price: 
£37.50

The United States took almost a decade after Hiroshima and Nagasaki to develop a coherent strategy of nuclear deterrence. This comprehensive study by two careful and well-informed historians provides the best explanation we have of why this process took so long; it also suggests the inherent difficulties of relying on nuclear weapons to provide security in the first place. Required reading for anyone interested in the early history of the nuclear era.