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NATO's Nuclear Dilemmas
NATO's Nuclear Dilemmas
By David N. Schwartz
Brookings, 1983, 270 pp

This volume is a felicitous companion for the Brookings book above, although there is no evidence that it was intended thus. It focuses on various schemes, over the past two decades, to reassure Europeans of the continued "coupling" of U.S. nuclear forces with the defense of Europe, often through "hardware" solutions. The author reviews in some detail the Thor-Jupiter deployments, the Norstad Plan for the placement of mobile medium-range missiles, the multilateral force, and the background to NATO's December 1979 decision to start to deploy Pershing IIs and cruise missiles at the end of 1983. The history is accurate, and this well-written book serves as useful reminder of the important antecedents to the present debate on nuclear weapons in Europe. The close student of the subject will not, however, find much that is new either in information or analysis.