Nuclear Weapons Databook, Vol. V: British, French and Chinese Nuclear Weapons

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Nuclear Weapons Databook, Vol. V: British, French and Chinese Nuclear Weapons

By Robert S. Norris, Andrew S. Burrows and Richard W. Fieldhous
Westview Press, 1994
437 pp. $85.00
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The sponsors of this volume may hold views antithetical to those who view weapons procurement as vital to foreign and industrial policy, but if so, such opinions are irrelevant to the quality of this fine work. The antinuclear National Resources Defense Council has done researchers (if not the governments concerned) a service in sponsoring this series. This latest entry is no light read, unless one has a particular fondness for system specifications, dates and code names of weapons tests, and lists of nuclear warhead deployments. But the tables are comprehensive to a fault, and the narrative concise and well documented. No doubt classified information would reveal omissions and errors, but this work, like the volumes that preceded it, stands as a testimony to the efficacy of patient and comprehensive culling of unclassified resources. An excellent reference work that combines a great deal of information with thoughtful analysis.

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