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Author Burrows, William E., 1937-

Title Critical mass : the dangerous race for superweapons in a fragmenting world / William E. Burrows & Robert Windrem
Published New York : Simon and Schuster, [1994]
©1994

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Description 573 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents The Equalizers. 1. Iraq: Lawrence of Arabia Meets Dr. Strangelove. 2. Pakistan: A Horrible Example. 3. A Bewildering Variety of Poisonous Snakes -- Tools of the Trade. 4. "Shop Till You Drop" 5. Doctors of Death -- Marketing Mayhem. 6. Looting the Storehouse of Knowledge. 7. Germany: Exports Uber Alles. 8. The Yard Sale at the End of History -- Tour De Force. 9. Israel: Atomic Sovereignty. 10. The Crescent of Crisis: Plowshares Into Swords. 11. India and Pakistan: Our God Can Lick Your God. 12. The Real China Syndrome. 13. East Asia: The Other Ring of Fire -- Peril and Possibility. 14. The World Missile: Two Case Histories. 15. The Terrifying Alternative -- Appendix 1: Nuclear Flashpoints -- Appendix 2: Third World Weapons Developments
Summary The spread of superweapons - nuclear, chemical, and biological - and the means to deliver them is now out of control and is the single greatest danger facing the world. Critical Mass is the first comprehensive look at how this happened, where current and potential threats are, and what can be done to avert catastrophe. Third World superweapon proliferation is more frightening than the cold war arms race. This new arms race is a genocidal contest, fueled by hatred and meant to settle old racial, ethnic, and religious scores. Authors William E. Burrows and Robert Windrem disclose how Saddam Hussein planned an assembly line of fifteen to twenty atomic bombs a year, provided by an Arab Dr. Strangelove and atomic spies, cynical German industrialists with Nazi heritages, greedy Brazilian businessmen, and an impressive procurement network of arrogant Western politicians and Ph. D.s who consulted on death. Iraq is now a model for nations from Kazakhstan to North Korea, from Iran to India to Indonesia, nations that see Mutual Assured Destruction not as a deterrent but as a temptation. Dealing with proliferation, the authors say, is now Washington's highest foreign policy priority. Success will depend not so much on "techno-fixes" such as export controls as on resolving the underlying issues that divide the Third World
Analysis Arms control History
Developing countries
East West relations
History, 1990-1999
International comparisons
International defence relations
Iraq
Merchandise trade
Overseas item
Weapons
Weapons of mass destruction
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Arms race.
Ballistic missiles -- Developing countries.
Biological weapons -- Developing countries.
Chemical weapons -- Developing countries.
Nuclear weapons -- Developing countries.
Nuclear nonproliferation.
World politics -- 1989-
Developing countries -- Armed Forces -- Weapons systems.
Author Windrem, Robert.
LC no. 93036604
ISBN 0671748955