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The Nuclear Confrontation in Europe
The Nuclear Confrontation in Europe
Edited by Jeffrey D. Boutwell, Paul Doty and Gregory F. Trev
Auburn House, 1985, 247 pp

Focusing on the debate over theater nuclear forces in Europe, this volume, produced at Harvard's Center for Science and International Affairs, discusses the background events of the 1950s and 1960s; the military logic and political purpose of the weapons; the role of British, French and Soviet forces; and the arms control issues all these raise for the INF negotiations. The end result is not especially novel, given the vast literature extant, but the authors are knowledgeable and sophisticated, and the book weaves together this complex and intricate story extremely well.