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Cruise Missiles: Technology, Strategy, Politics

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Cruise Missiles: Technology, Strategy, Politics

Cruise Missiles: Technology, Strategy, Politics
Edited by Richard K. Betts
Brookings, 1981, 612 pp. $32.95 Purchase

"Cruise missile policy is a bucket of worms," Richard Betts concludes, "[but] one thing is clear: neither the benefits nor the disadvantages of cruise missiles are as revolutionary or as simple as either advocates or opponents originally believed." All aspects of cruise missiles as a multipurpose "family of weapons"-technical, economic, strategic, tactical, political and diplomatic-are impressively addressed in this expert study. A final chapter by the editor skillfully attempts to pull the 612-page work together. But a more concise book, with better "handles," would have reached a wider audience.

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