Making Weapons, Talking Peace: A Physicist's Odyssey from Hiroshima to Geneva; From Deterrence to Defense: The Inside Story of Strategic Policy

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Making Weapons, Talking Peace: A Physicist's Odyssey from Hiroshima to Geneva

By Herbert F. York
Basic Books, 1987
346 pp. $22.95
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From Deterrence to Defense: The Inside Story of Strategic Policy

By Michael Charlton
Harvard University Press, 1987
154 pp. $20.00
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These very different books are both inside accounts of America's nuclear history. York's is a warm, engaging memoir of his life from graduate student with the Manhattan Project to arms control negotiator for the Carter Administration; he is charitable to foes and sprinkles his book with portraits of the famous scientists he knew, from John von Neumann to the Soviet physicist Peter Kapitza. Charlton's book, which grew out of a BBC series on SDI, portrays the history through the words of 23 eminent Americans and Europeans, from Robert McNamara's disillusion with strategic defense in the 1960s to Richard Perle's embrace of it in the 1980s.

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