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Hawks, Doves and Owls: An Agenda for Avoiding Nuclear War

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Hawks, Doves and Owls: An Agenda for Avoiding Nuclear War
Edited by Graham T. Allison, Albert Carnesale and Joseph S.
Norton, 1985 282 pp. $14.95 Purchase

Who are owls? Unlike hawks who view weakness as a cause of war, or doves who see provocation as dangerous, owls are concerned about nonrational factors and loss of control. Nuclear war would not result from a deliberate act but from the unintended consequences of a crisis or conventional war. This lively volume builds upon the earlier Harvard book, Living with Nuclear Weapons. It includes a specific and eminently sensible list of "do's" and "don't's" covering many of today's principal arms control issues. The fresh approach to old problems should stimulate new-though not necessarily novel-thought.

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