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The Origins of U.S. Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1953
The Origins of U.S. Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1953
By Samuel R. Williamson and Steven L. Rearden
St. Martin's Press, 1993, 224 pp
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A book that is exactly what it seems-a good, short, reliable and straightforward account of how nuclear weapons became "America's first line of defense." Based on primary sources, this is an account of high-level decision-making and very much in the mold of traditional strategic history.