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The Future of Deterrence
The Future of Deterrence
By George H. Quester
Lexington Books, 1986, 333 pp

George Quester has been one of the more innovative and prolific writers on nuclear strategy. This collection pulls together essays from out-of-the-way sources and is timely in that nuclear deterrence is under greater questioning today than ever before. One message is: don't tinker too quickly with what has worked in the past, e.g., nuclear deterrence, or adopt too freely alternatives of uncertain validity such as the Strategic Defense Initiative or no-first-use declarations.