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Arsenal: Understanding Weapons in the Nuclear Age
Arsenal: Understanding Weapons in the Nuclear Age
By Kosta Tsipis
Simon and Schuster, 1983, 342 pp

In this book a knowledgeable scientist explains in layman's language the physics and technology of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. In the process he raises disturbing questions about the vulnerability and often the utility of some major weapons systems. Considerations of cost, efficiency and practicality lead him to doubt the utility of particle beam weapons, for example. Among his peers, Kosta Tsipis's book will be controversial.