In This Review

Crisis Stability And Nuclear War
Crisis Stability And Nuclear War
Edited by Kurt Gottfried and Bruce G. Blair
Oxford, 1988, 300 pp

The authors of this volume, more than usually integrated by the editors, are a who's who of strategy, especially command and control. Their premise is sobering: the world has not seen a serious Soviet-American confrontation since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, and so today's lessons from that too-much-studied episode are suspect. The superpowers' command and control systems should be thought of as "a single interacting system composed of men and machines," which a crisis would place under mounting strain. Their analysis is detailed and their recommendations sensible if not entirely new.