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Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Authored by: Michael Kort; Foreword by Cathal J. Nolan
  • From the Series: Global Issues
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  • ISBN-10: 1438129696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-2969-3
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 04/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 358
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 384

Summary

Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are the most advanced and lethal armaments developed by contemporary scientists and engineers. They are not designed for combat limited to the battlefield; their purpose is to unleash a sweeping destructive force that does not some discriminate between soldier and civilian. Although most governments adhere to strict international treaties regarding the management of their stocks of such weapons, rogue regimes and terrorist groups remain an unpredictable and volatile variable.

Weapons of Mass Destruction provides an objective analysis of a subject easily distorted by fear. It begins with a history of the ancient and medieval use in warfare of biological weapons, and how governments and terrorist factions have refined this practice to include biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons as a means of coercion or as a deterrent. The book examines past and current U.S. policies regarding WMD—including the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan during World War II—and how an arms race ultimately led to a cold war with the Soviet Union. The volume then offers an international perspective through discussion of how other major players—Russia, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea—have each chosen to approach the issue of WMD.

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"A useful resource for college and high school students beginning research on the subject..."


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"...provides a clear and even-handed treatment of a complex and controversial subject...Any library serving a clientele interested in nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare issues should find this title worth considering."


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