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Europe Without Defense
Europe Without Defense
By General Robert Close
Pergamon Press, 1979, 250 pp

This book by a senior Belgian officer attracted a great deal of attention when it was first published in Europe two years ago because of its dramatic thesis-that the Soviet Union could overrun Germany east of the Rhine within 48 hours. General Close's argument is open to debate; for example, he minimizes the deterrent value of NATO's tactical nuclear forces and the likelihood that there would be a number of warning signs before a surprise attack. Nevertheless, his views merit serious attention.