Nuclear America: Military and Civilian Nuclear Power in the United States, 1940-1980

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Suggestions for Further Reading
Dean G. Acheson, Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department ( New York: Norton, 1969). Like all memoirs, Acheson's must be used with care. It nevertheless remains one of the most useful autobiographies for Cold War subjects. It is particularly important with regard to early disarmament efforts, as well as the 1950 decision to rearm.
Gar Alperovitz, Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam ( New York: Simon & Schuster, 1965). In this revisionist analysis of Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan, Alperovitz argues that Cold War considerations predominated. The bomb was used not to force the Japanese to surrender, the author argues, but to impress the Russians and make them more willing to accept a European peace settlement in the American mode.
Stephen E. Ambrose, Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy, 1938- 1980, 2nd rev. ed. ( New York: Penguin, 1980). This excellent survey of American foreign policy covers the nuclear years, relating national security questions to foreign policy. Rise to Globalism emphasizes American responsibility for the Cold War.
Isaac Asimov, Asimov's Guide to Science ( New York: Basic Books, 1972). An excellent, readily accessible layperson's introduction to most of the scientific concepts mentioned in this book. Asimov writes intelligibly for the nonscientist reader, and develops all his themes historically, a refreshing and unusual approach in scientific writing.
Desmond Ball, Politics and Force Levels: The Strategic Missile Program of the Kennedy Administration ( Berkeley, Calif.: University of California

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