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The Atomic Complex: A Worldwide Political History of Nuclear Energy
The Atomic Complex: A Worldwide Political History of Nuclear Energy
By Bernard Goldschmidt
American Nuclear Society, 1982, 500 pp

What makes this book of interest is that it is written by a retired French official who was at the heart of France's nuclear activities for over three decades (as well as on the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1958 to 1980). The occasional special insights into French nuclear policy and perspectives, which were often out of step with those of others, are therefore valuable. But, in the main, the book covers very well-known ground dealing with both the diplomacy of atomic affairs since the Baruch Plan and the development of nuclear technology.