The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation

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MBI Publishing Company, Nov 10, 2010 - History - 400 pages
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This is a political history of nuclear weapons from the discovery of fission in 1938 to the nuclear train wreck that seems to loom in our future.  It is an account of where those weapons came from, how the technology surprisingly and covertly spread, and who is likely to acquire those weapons next and most importantly why.

 

The authors’ examination of post Cold War national and geopolitical issues regarding nuclear proliferation and the effects of Chinese sponsorship of the Pakistani program is eye opening. The reckless “nuclear weapons programs for sale” exporting of technology by Pakistan is truly chilling, as is the on-again off-again North Korean nuclear weapons program.

  

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Read for technical understanding of how bomb technology has spread across the world and what it entails. Political insight is limited and often questionable. Read full review

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User Review  - Kathryn - Goodreads

This is a great book for anyone wanting to refresh their knowledge of how the international community made way for nuclear proliferation- or for anyone who is new to the topic. Reed and Stillman provide clear and concise information that make it a fascinating read. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
2
BIG NEWS FISSION RELEASES NEUTRONS
8
LOS ALAMOS A FIRST BUT NOT THE LAST
12
THE RAIDS ON JAPAN
20
THE USSR AND THE UNITED KINGDOM UNINTENDED PARTNERS
26
FIRST ATTEMPTS AT CONTROLS
54
FRANCE AND ISRAEL THE APPRENTICES
68
CHINA BREAKS THE EUROPEAN CARTEL
84
THE ONCENUCLEAR SOVIET REPUBLICS
204
CHINAS DECADE OF NUCLEAR TRANSPARENCY
220
THE FAKIRS INDIA PAKISTAN AND NORTH KOREA
236
FINGERPRINTS
268
STAR AND CRESCENT RISING
278
GEORGESANTOINE KURTZ IS ALIVE AND WELL
302
WHY?
312
EPILOGUE
320

NUCLEAR MATURITY COMES TO THE LITTLE THREE
114
STRUGGLING WITH THE BARN DOOR
132
CHANGES OF STATE IN THE MIDEAST AND SOUTH ASIA
148
SOUTH AFRICA
170
THE SOVIET UNION
186
GLOSSARY
332
APPENDICES
340
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
382
INDEX
385
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About the author (2010)

Thomas C. Reed is a former nuclear weapons designer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Secretary of the Air Force under Ford and Carter, and Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Policy. Reed’s previous book is At the Abyss: An Insider’s History of the Cold War. He resides in northern California.

Danny B. Stillman is a Los Alamos physicist with decades of experience in nuclear design, diagnostics, and testing. For thirteen years Stillman directed the Los Alamos Technical Intelligence Division; at the end of that tour, he was awarded the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion. He lives in White Rock, New Mexico.

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