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Books of Note

From time to time, Arms Control Today will provide short reviews of upcoming books on the subject of arms control, nonproliferation, and international security. Full-length reviews of upcoming books can be found in the Book Review section. To purchase any of these books, please consider using one of our online partners, who will share a portion of sales revenue with the Arms Control Association.

  • June 16, 2014
  • December 4, 2013

    Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
    Eric Schlosser, Penguin Press, 2013, 632 pp.

    Technology Transfers and Non-Proliferation: Between Control and Cooperation
    Oliver Meier, ed., Routledge Global Security Studies, 2013, 280 pp.

  • October 16, 2013
  • May 2, 2013
  • March 1, 2013
  • November 5, 2012
  • August 30, 2012
  • May 31, 2012

    Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Cold War for a New Era of Strategic Piracy

    Thérèse Delpech, RAND, 2012, 181 pp.


    Sanctions, Statecraft, and Nuclear Proliferation

    Etel Solingen, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2012, 402 pp.

  • April 3, 2012

    Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East, Bernd W. Kubbig and Sven-Eric Fikenscher, eds., Routledge, 2012, 335 pp.


    No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and International Security, Jonathan D. Pollack, Routledge, 2011, 247 pp.

  • March 2, 2012

    The Politics of Nuclear Weapons in South Asia, Bhumitra Chakma, ed., Ashgate Publishing Co., 2011, 280 pp.

    Nuclear Jihad: A Clear and Present Danger?, Todd M. Masse, Potomac Books, 2011, 339 pp.

  • November 2, 2011

  • August 30, 2011
  • June 16, 2011
  • April 14, 2011
  • November 15, 2010

    Arming Without Aiming: India’s Military Modernization

    Stephen P. Cohen and Sunil Dasgupta, Brookings Institution Press, 2010, 223 pp.

    The Missile Defense Systems of George W. Bush: A Critical Assessment

    Richard Dean Burns, Praeger, 2010, 198 pp.

  • September 9, 2010

    A Skeptic's Case for Nuclear Disarmament, Michael E. O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution Press, 2010, 166 pp.

    Cultivating Confidence: Verification, Monitoring, and Enforcement for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, Cory Hinderstein, ed., Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Hoover Institute Press, 2010, 322 pp.

  • June 14, 2010

    American Missile Defense, Victoria Samson, Praeger, 2010, 252 pp. 

    Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, Matthew Kroenig, Cornell University Press, 2010, 233 pp. 

    A History of Chemical and Biological Weapons, Edward M. Spiers, Reaktion Books, 2010, 224 pp.

  • April 2, 2010

    The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy, David E. Hoffman, Doubleday, 2009, 577 pp.

    The International Arms Trade, Rachel Stohl and Suzette Grillot, Polity Press, 2009, 278 pp.

    South Asia at a Crossroads: Conflict or Cooperation in the Age of Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense, and a Space Race?, Subrata Ghoshroy and Götz Neuneck, eds., 2010, 330 pp.

  • November 5, 2009

    Inside Nuclear South Asia, Scott D. Sagan, ed., Stanford University Press, 2009, 281 pp.

    Preventing Catastrophe: The Use and Misuse of Intelligence in Efforts to Halt the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Thomas Graham Jr. and Keith A. Hansen, Stanford University Press, 2009, 300 pp.

    Living Weapons: Biological Warfare and International Security, Gregory D. Koblentz, Cornell University Press, 2009, 255 pp.

  • September 4, 2009

    In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age, Stephanie Cooke, Bloomsbury, 2009, 488 pp.

    The U.S. Nuclear Arsenal: A History of Weapons and Delivery Systems Since 1945, Norman Polmar and Robert S. Norris, Naval Institute Press, 2009, 274 pp.

    Unconventional Weapons and International Terrorism: Challenges and New Approaches, Magnus Ranstorp and Magnus Normark, eds., Routledge, 2009, 210 pp.

  • June 5, 2009

    The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons, T.V. Paul, Stanford University Press, 2009, 319 pp.
    International Law and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Daniel H. Joyner, Oxford University Press, 2009, 378 pp.
    The Future of Biological Disarmament: Strengthening the Treaty Ban on Weapons, Nicholas A. Sims, Routledge, 2009, 216 pp.

  • March 31, 2009

    The Bomb: A New History
    Stephen M. Younger, Harper Collins, 2009, 238 pp.

    The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation
    By Thomas C. Reed and Danny B. Stillman, MBI Publishing Co., 2009, 393 pp.

    Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia: Crisis Behavior and the Bomb
    Edited by Sumit Ganguly and S. Paul Kapur, Routledge, 2009, 251 pp.

  • November 4, 2008

    Terrorism, War or Disease?: Unraveling the Use of Biological Weapons
    Edited by Anne L. Clunan, Peter R. Lavoy, and Susan B. Martin, Stanford University Press, 2008, 328 pp.

    The Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia
    Edited by Muthiah Alagappa, Stanford University Press, 2008, 542 pp.

    Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis
    Mike Chinoy, St. Martin’s Press, New York, August 2008, 368 pp.

  • September 2, 2008

    Prescription for Survival: A Doctor's Journey to End Nuclear Madness. By Bernard Lown, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008, 426 pp.

    South Asia's Cold War: Nuclear Weapons and Conflict in Comparative Perspective. By Rajesh Basrur, Routledge, 2008, 184 pp.

    Nuclear Safeguards, Security, and Nonproliferation: Achieving Security With Technology and Policy. Edited by James E. Doyle, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2008, 592 pp.

  • July 2, 2008

    Pakistan’s Nuclear Future: Worries Beyond War. Edited by Henry D. Sokolski, U.S. Army War College, 2008, 378 pp.

    Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East. By Etel Solingen, Princeton University Press, 2007, 420 pp.

    Banning Landmines: Disarmament, Citizen Diplomacy, and Human Security. Edited by Jody Williams, Stephen D. Goose, and Mary Wareham, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, 348 pp.

  • April 1, 2008

    The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World's Most Dangerous Secrets...And How We Could Have Stopped Him. By Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins, Twelve Books, 2007, 413 pp.

    Incapacitating Biochemical Weapons: Promise of Peril? Edited by Alan M. Pearson, Marie Isabelle Chevrier, and Mark Wheelis, Lexington Books, 2007, 306 pp.

    Reluctant Restraint: The Evolution of China's Nonproliferation Policies and Practices, 1980-2004. By Evan S. Medeiros, Stanford University Press, 2007, 357 pp.

  • December 1, 2007

    Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons. By Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark, Walker & Co., 2007, 608 pp.

    Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance. By Mike Moore, The Independent Institute, 2007, 416 pp.

    Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War. By Bob Drogin, Random House, 2007, 343 pp.

  • July 1, 2007

    Breaking the Nuclear Impasse: New Prospects for Security Against Nuclear Weapons. Edited by Jeffrey Laurenti and Carl Robichaud, The Century Foundation Press, May 2007, 142 pp.

    Arms Control After Iraq: Normative and Operational Challenges. Edited by Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu and Ramesh Thakur, The United Nations University Press, 2006, 452 pp.

    Global Non-Proliferation and Counter-Terrorism: The Impact of UNSCR 1540. Edited by Olivia Bosch et al., Brookings Institution Press, 2007, 226 pp.

  • May 1, 2007

    The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor. By William Langewiesche, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, May 2007, 179 pp.

    Space as a Strategic Asset. By Joan Johnson-Freese, Columbia University Press, March 2007, 304 pp.

    The Small Arms Trade: A Beginner's Guide. By Rachel Stohl, Matt Schroeder, and Dan Smith, Oneworld Publications, February 2007, 192 pp.

  • March 1, 2007

    Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons. By Joseph Cirincione, Columbia University Press, March 2007, 192 pp.

    Arms Control in the Middle East: Cooperative Security Dialogue and Regional Constraints. By Emily B. Landau, Sussex Academic Press, July 2006, 172 pp.

    Small Arms and Security. By Denise Garcia, Routledge, October 2006, 266 pp.

  • December 1, 2006

    India's Nuclear Bomb and National Security. By Karsten Fey, Taylor & Francis Books, August 2006, 208 pp.

    Japan's Nuclear Disarmament Policy and the U.S. Security Umbrella. By Anthony DiFilippo, Palgrave-Macmillian, October 2006, 288 pp.

    Verifying Treay Compliance: Limiting Weapons of Mass Destruction and Monitoring Kyoto Protocol Provisions. By Rudolf Avenhaus et al., eds., Springer, July 2006, 629 pp.

  • October 1, 2006

    Iran's Nuclear Ambitions. By Shahram Chubin, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, September 2006, 244 pp.

    Opinion on Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism, and Security. By Kerry G. Herron and Hank C. Jenkins-Smith, University of Pittsburgh Press, August 2006, 264 pp.

    Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A.Q. Khan Network. By Gordon Corera, Oxford University, September 2006, 304 pp.

  • July 1, 2006

    Nuclear First Strike: Consequences of a Broken Taboo. By George H. Quester, The John Hopkins University Press, February 2006, 155 pp.

    Impossible Allies: Nuclear India, United States and the Global Order. By C. Raja Mohan, India Research Press, May 2006, 311 pp.

    Negotiating Minefields: The Landmines Ban in American Politics. By Leon V. Sigal, Routledge, March 2006, 294 pp.

  • May 1, 2006

    The Last Battle of the Cold War: An Inside Account of Negotiating the INF Treaty. By Maynard W. Glitman, Palgrave Macmillan, April 2006, 259 pp.

    Common Security in Outer Space and International Law. By Detlev Wolter, UN Institute for Disarmament Research, February 2006, 296 pp.

    Minimum Deterrence and India's Nuclear Security. By Rajesh M. Basrur, Stanford University Press, January 2006, 245 pp.

  • March 15, 2006

    Striving for Military Stability in Europe: Negotiation, Implementation, and Adaptation of the CFE Treaty. By Jane M. O. Sharp, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, January 2006, 292 pp.

    The Bomb in the Basement : How Israel Went Nuclear and What That Means for the World. By Michael Karpin, Simon & Schuster, January 2006, 416 pp.

    Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence: From Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea. By Jeffrey T. Richelson, W.W. Norton & Company, March 2006, 702 pp.

  • December 1, 2005

    Eliminating Weapons of Mass Destruction: Prospects for Effective International Verification. By Berhanykun Andemicael and John Mathiason, Palgrave Macmillan, June 2005, 224 pp.

    The Search for Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction: Inspection, Verification and Non-Proliferation. By Graham S. Pearson, Palgrave Macmillan, October 2005, 352 pp.

    Beyond Hiroshima. By Douglas Roche, Novalis, October 2005, 280 pp.

  • May 1, 2005

    The Bomb: A Life. By Gerard DeGroot, Harvard University, May 2005, 397 pp.

    South Africa's Weapons of Mass Destruction. By Helen E. Purkitt and Stephen F. Burgess, Indiana University Press, May 2005, 322 pp.

    The Worlds of Herman Khan: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War. By Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi, Harvard University Press, April 2005, 387 pp.

  • March 1, 2005

    Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. By Paul Lettow, Random House Inc., February 2005, 327 pp.

    Preventing Nuclear Meltdown: Managing Decentralization of Russia's Nuclear Complex. Edited by James Clay Moltz, Vladimir A. Orlov, and Adam N. Stulberg, Ashgate Publishing, November 2004, 258 pp.

    The Russian Military: Power and Policy. Edited by Steven E. MIller and Dmitri Trenin, MIT Press, September 2004, 239 pp.

  • November 1, 2004

    No End in Sight: The Continuing Menance of Nuclear Proliferation. By Nathan E. Busch, University Press of Kentucky, June 2004, 490 pp.

    The Bomb in My Garden: The Secrets of Saddam's Nuclear Mastermind. By Mahdi Obeidi and Kurt Pitzer, John Wiley & Sons, September 2004, 256 pp.

    The Problem of Biological Weapons. By Milton Leitenberg, Swedish National Defence College, September 2004, 206 pp.

  • September 1, 2004

    Combating Proliferation: Strategic Intelligence and Security Policy. By Jason D. Ellis and Geoffrey D. Kieffer, Johns Hopkins University Press, September 2004, 320 pp.

    Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space. By Michael E. O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution Press, April 2004, 120 pp.

    Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. By Graham Allison, Times Books, August 2004, 272 pp.

  • June 1, 2004

    Raid on the Sun. By Rodger Claire, Random House, April 2004, 259 pp.

    Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971 to Present. By Lawrence S. Wittner, Stanford University Press, August 2003, 688 pp.

    Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War. By John Prados, The New Press, May 2004, 256 pp.

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