The Global Politics of Arms Sales

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The Global Politics of Arms Sales

By Andrew J. Pierre
Princeton University Press, 1982
352 pp. $20.00

Andrew Pierre has produced by far the most comprehensive analysis of one of the most important instruments of policy in postwar international politics. Based on extensive research in documents and through on-site investigations, it provides an abundance of information on arms sales among all the principal suppliers and recipients. Subjecting all the familiar generalizations about the arms trade to a scrupulously objective examination of its actual military, economic and-most important-political consequences, Pierre arrives at an original set of insights and conclusions that both scholars and practitioners will find extremely valuable. He concludes the study with a discussion of the problems and prospects of applying international restraints to arms sales that is outstanding for its balance and sophistication.

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