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Arms Transfers Under Nixon
Arms Transfers Under Nixon
By Lewis Sorley
University Press of Kentucky, 1983, 231 pp

U.S. arms sales first mushroomed during the Nixon years. The author contends that Henry Kissinger viewed arms transfers as "his single most important instrument of policy," that they were "undeniably effective and of central importance" to Nixon's foreign policy, and that they were used "wisely, creatively and with restraint" to serve American interests in world affairs. Substantial documentation is provided to support this contention, which, because it runs counter to a number of other analyses, will make a useful contribution to the debate on arms transfers.