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The Nature And Practice Of Flexible Response: Nato Strategy And Theater Nuclear Forces Since 1967
The Nature And Practice Of Flexible Response: Nato Strategy And Theater Nuclear Forces Since 1967
By Ivo H. Daalder
Columbia University Press, 1991, 411 pp

Events of the last two years have all but ended NATO's nuclear predicament-how to frighten Soviet leaders enough without scaring its own citizens too much-and so the time is ripe for taking stock. Daalder's richly documented and cleanly written history will stand as definitive until more documents are released. He breaks some new ground-about, for instance, the "mininukes" debate of the early 1970s-brings together strands of the story told in parts elsewhere, and does it all with a lucid understanding of the strategic differences that drove alliance members apart and the political stakes that pushed them together.