Announced as the first of a series of annual reports on the spread of nuclear weapons, this endeavor of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace may stimulate increased public awareness of this critical topic. It will be interesting to see, however, how the momentum of the series is maintained, for a good part of the book contains the historical setting of the nuclear issue in the eight most likely proliferators, and presumably this will not be repeated. The history is already well known to the specialists but can be useful for others; more recent events and data, which seem quite accurate, will be most helpful for those trying to keep up.
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