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Security in the Nuclear Age: Developing U.S. Strategic Arms Policy
Security in the Nuclear Age: Developing U.S. Strategic Arms Policy
By Jerome H. Kahan
Brookings Institution, 1975, 361 pp

Although no single work dealing with the strategic arms balance can be truly definitive, given the dynamics of the arms race, this impressive volume is as comprehensive and balanced a work as one is likely to find for some time. The first half, dealing with the evolution of U.S. strategic policy for the past two decades, is an excellent complement to John Newhouse's description of the politics of SALT I in Cold Dawn. In the second half, Kahan sets out analytically the basic issues of the strategic debate, making a lucid case for alternative nuclear postures and policies, while placing himself generally in the middle ground.