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The Effects of Nuclear War
The Effects of Nuclear War
By The Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress
Allanheld, Osmun, 1980, 160 pp

This is a detailed investigation of the major effects of nuclear explosions, under several carefully delineated scenarios, on the civilian population and economies of the U.S. and U.S.S.R. It is designed to add an often missing dimension to discussions of nuclear strategy and SALT. The study finds that the impact of even a "small" or "limited" nuclear attack would be enormous; moreover, the effects that cannot be precisely calculated may be at least as important as those which are predictable.