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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Noam Chomsky
0805079122
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Forget Iraq and Sudan--America is the foremost failed state, argues the latest polemic from America's most controversial Left intellectual. Chomsky (Imperial Ambitions) contends the U.S. government wallows in lawless military aggression (the Iraq war is merely the latest example); ignores public opinion on everything from global warming to social spending and foreign policy; and jeopardizes domestic security by under-funding homeland defense in favor of tax cuts for the rich and by provoking hatred and instability abroad that may lead to terrorist blowback or nuclear conflict. Ranging haphazardly from the Seminole War forward, Chomsky's jeremiad views American interventionism as a pageant of imperialist power-plays motivated by crass business interests. Disdaining euphemisms, he denounces...


Atomic Iran
Jerome Corsi
1581824580
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Corsi came into prominence as the coauthor (with John O'Neill) of Unfit for Command (2004), a best-selling criticism of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Now Corsi launches a salvo at the nuclear-energy program of Iran, sniping for good measure at American Democratic politicians and European diplomats who advocate negotiations. To Corsi, negotiations are Iran's bad-faith distraction from its determination to manufacture an atomic bomb. Indeed, this diplomatic crisis frequently intensifies with forthright declarations by Iranian officials of their right to enrich uranium. Therefore, the geopolitical restraint one believes a nuclear-armed theocracy will exercise influences one's posture toward it, and Corsi accords no moderation to the clerics of the Islamic Republic, quoting their blood-curdling threats...


The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You've Heard About Gun Control Is Wrong
John R. Lott
0895261146
March 25, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Following up on his controversial study More Guns, Less Crime, economist Lott argues that widespread gun ownership prevents crime. He cites survey data and news reports to argue that the fear that victims might be armed strongly deters criminals, and that guns are used in self-defense or to ward off criminal threats about 2.3 million times a year. Because they impede law-abiding citizens' access to guns, even mild gun-control regulations-assault weapons bans, "one-gun-a-month" laws-actually increase crime, according to Lott, while right-to-carry laws lower crime and help prevent (or violently terminate) terrorist attacks and "rampage" shootings. Even measures to keep guns away from children, like "gun-free school zones" and "safe storage" laws that require guns to be locked away, are misguided because children...


The Cold War
Robert Cowley
0375509100
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The period from 1946 until the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 is usually interpreted in ideological, political and cultural contexts. But the two dozen essays included in this anthology by Cowley (the founding editor of Military History Quarterly and the editor of two previous MHQ anthologies) show that while the superpowers may never have measured strengths on a large scale, armed encounters between them occurred regularly. Even during the Cold War's alleged waning years, the U.S. and the Soviet Union came close to the edge of nuclear exchange—without U.S. policymakers really being aware of it. Cowley's contributors, including such outstanding military historians as John Guilmartin, Victor Davis Hanson and Williamson Murray, demonstrate how the Cold War's military history was directly shaped by patterns...


House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power
James Carroll
0618187804
May 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. If there were nothing more to Carroll's book than its chronicling of the U.S. military's amassing of power and influence from WWII to the present, it would still be valuable history. But the National Book Award winner (An American Requiem) makes the story something else altogether. "The lifetime of the Pentagon is my lifetime," he asserts, noting that the building had its dedication ceremony the week he was born; he also grew up playing in its maze-like corridors while his father worked as a high-ranking air force general. The nuclear dread that dominated the Cold War era thus plays out as personal and family drama, turning the book into "[my] long-delayed conversation with [my] father." It's strongest in its first half, where the development of atomic power and the turmoil of the Vietnam era...


The Next Superpower
Rockwell A. Schnabel
0742545474
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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The American Spectator, October, 2005
In this thoroughly researched yet eminently readable effort, Schnabel and Rocca argue that America and Europe remain essential partners ...

UPI, September 22, 2005
... a timely and important book on the EU [and] why it matters to Americans ...

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Arms Control
Nancy W. Gallagher (Editor)
0714643637
February 1998
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
A decade has passed since the superpowers began a series of arms control initiatives which now symbolize the beginning of the end of the Cold War, but the passage of time has not resolved disputes about the role of arms control in preserving peace. Both international relations theorists and foreign policy practitioners must decide which security strategy is most appropriate for a post-Cold War world characterized by the decline in superpower hostility and the rise of regional rivalries; the rapid diffusion of knowledge-intensive technologies; and the increasingly complex relationships between political, military, and economic issues.

How should arms control theory and policy be altered to improve the prospects for cooperation? The essays in this volume address this question by exploring the complexity of...


The Bomb in the Basement : How Israel Went Nuclear and What That Means for the World
Michael Karpin
0743265947
January 3, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Lydia MilletUntil recently there were five declared nuclear powers in the world: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China. Israel has never admitted to possessing a nuclear arsenal, pursuing a policy of "ambiguity" and refusing to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but for decades it has been recognized internationally as a nuclear state.Israeli journalist Karpin's groundbreaking new book, following in the wake of a documentary of the same name he made in 2001, offers an in-depth look at Israel's acquisition of nuclear arms technology and at the ideology and politics driving it. The stories of the men who played major roles in bringing the bomb to Israel—longtime prime minister David Ben-Gurion, scientist Ernst Bergmann, diplomat and intelligence...


How to Build a Nuclear Bomb
Frank Barnaby
1560256036
Apr 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are the greatest threat to national security in the twenty-first century. How to Build a Nuclear Bomb explains what it takes for a rogue state or terrorist group to obtain and use them. But nuclear weapons and terrorism expert Frank Barnaby has not written a collection of scare stories. His purpose in How to Build a Nuclear Bomb is to counteract the "misinformation, often put out for propaganda purposes" and general ignorance on this most urgent of topics. Barnaby describes, in straightforward, non-sensational terms what is involved when a state or a terrorist group sets out to make a weapon of mass destruction, what they are capable of doing, and what is needed to produce one. By outlining the parameters of the problem, Barnaby is able to accurately gauge the threat that WMD pose,...


Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran
Kenneth R. Timmerman
1400053684
June 2005
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
Another day, another outpost of tyranny. With Saddam Hussein gone and Iraq locked in a tragic pattern of violence and disorder, the insta-book authors have set their sights on new targets. Even a cursory appraisal of the new offerings at local bookstores reveals a spate of books with alarmist titles and tantalizing claims regarding the remaining members of what President Bush famously called "the axis of evil." Kenneth R. Timmerman's profoundly deficient new book, Countdown to Crisis, falls squarely into this hyperventilating genre, making claims it can neither substantiate nor justify. On the surface, Iran offers plenty of grist for sensationalist ideologues: a hard-line president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, pledging to turn back the clock to the days of fervor that followed...


Arms Control
Susan Dudley Gold
080504812X
December 1997
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7-10--A well-written overview of modern humankind's attempts to restrain its more violent tendencies. Reaching as far back as Lincoln's Lieber Code, which banned the use of poison warfare in 1862, Gold's informative title ends with reflections on arms control today, including the 1996 treaty banning all tests of nuclear weapons. Written in a lively, descriptive style, the text painlessly provides the historical context necessary to understand the material under discussion. The author treats her readers with respect; there is no detectable bias or oversimplification. Well-chosen photographs and maps appear throughout and a list of major arms-control treaties are appended. Though this title seems intended for public affairs/current events/history reports, it transcends that category. Due to its brief...


Weapons of Mass Deception
Sheldon Rampton
1585422762
July 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
As government officials and observers battle over whether or not the Bush administration exaggerated intelligence reports of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to justify war, there should be a ready audience for this new book by the authors of Believe Us, We're Experts! Professional debunkers of media manipulation, Rampton and Stauber unmask the impact of "information warriors and perception managers" (as one PR consultant described himself) on Bush's attempt to turn public opinion in favor of war on Iraq. The authors deconstruct the PR campaign to promote the U.S. in the wake of September 11: the State Department's hiring of ad exec Charlotte Beers ("the queen of Madison Avenue") to direct the campaign; how PR execs and lobbyists helped construct the government's anti-Iraq message; the administration's alleged...


More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws
John R. Lott Jr.
0226493644
June 15, 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Multiple regression analyses are rarely the subject of heated public debate or 225-page books for laypeople. But John R. Lott, Jr.'s study in the January 1997 Journal of Legal Studies showing that concealed-carry weapons permits reduced the crime rate set off a firestorm. The updated study, together with illustrative anecdotes and a short description of the political and academic response to the study, as well as responses to the responses, makes up Lott's informative More Guns, Less Crime.

In retrospect, it perhaps should not have been surprising that increasing the number of civilians with guns would reduce crime rates. The possibility of armed victims reduces the expected benefits and increases the expected costs of criminal activity. And, at the margin at least, people respond to changes in costs, even for crime, as...



Military Power : Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle
Stephen Biddle
0691116458
July 6, 2004
Hardcover
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Review
Spencer D. Bakich Virginia Quarterly Review : Stephen Biddle has written perhaps the best volume on the causes of battlefield victory and defeat in a generation.
Choice : A major achievement. . . . [Biddle] combines a sophisticated formal model with analysis of critical case studies of actual battles.
Ted Hopf International History Review : "[This book] simultaneously makes major contributions in political science, military history, social science methodology, and contemporary policy debates.
Richard L. Kugler Perspectives on Politics : A worthy book on the never-ending debate over why land wars are won and lost . . . well worth reading, owning, and remembering.

Review
Richard K. Betts, Columbia University, author of "Military Readiness" : Stephen...


Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran
Kenneth R. Timmerman
1400053692
February 2006
Paperback
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
Another day, another outpost of tyranny. With Saddam Hussein gone and Iraq locked in a tragic pattern of violence and disorder, the insta-book authors have set their sights on new targets. Even a cursory appraisal of the new offerings at local bookstores reveals a spate of books with alarmist titles and tantalizing claims regarding the remaining members of what President Bush famously called "the axis of evil." Kenneth R. Timmerman's profoundly deficient new book, Countdown to Crisis, falls squarely into this hyperventilating genre, making claims it can neither substantiate nor justify. On the surface, Iran offers plenty of grist for sensationalist ideologues: a hard-line president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, pledging to turn back the clock to the days of fervor that followed...


The New Nuclear Danger
Helen Caldicott
1565848780
Apr 2004
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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From Publishers Weekly
Since September 11, it has become clear that the United States is headed for more military funding to fight the "war on terrorism." But as longtime antinuclear activist, author and pediatrician Caldicott (Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do) shows, this buildup is nothing new with the exception of the first President Bush, U.S. policy has generally favored military spending. But spending on nuclear weapons is ineffective in fighting terrorists holed up in caves, Caldicott contends. Using a medical model, she focuses on what she calls the "disease" before she launches into her "remedy." She is strongest focusing on the ties between the American nuclear arsenal and large corporations, which have only their own interests at heart a point that should resonate in the post-Enron era. In impressive detail, she describes...


Raid on the Sun: Inside Israel's Secret Campaign That Denied Saddam the Bomb
Rodger W. Claire
0767914252
March 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This gripping account of Operation Babylon, the Israelis' 1981 raid on the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, is the first to draw on planners' and pilots' own memories. The raid was planned to follow a long campaign of espionage, sabotage and outright assassination by the Mossad, which had failed to prevent the French-built reactor from being about ready to produce weapons-grade plutonium in the summer of 1981. Then the Israeli air force, taking its new F-16s on their first combat mission and one far beyond their designed performance, struck, obliterating the reactor with no losses, few misses and only one civilian casualty. Tactics, technology and weapons are all presented in a clear manner that does not slow the pace. L.A.-based journalist Claire's group portrait of the eight superlatively skilled and trained...


Why They Dont Hate Us
Mark Levine
1851683658
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
If media chatter about the "Axis of Evil" seems ubiquitous to the point of losing its meaning, LeVine offers up an alternative "Axis of Empathy" to counteract what he sees as the U.S.'s dangerous "Axis of Arrogance and Ignorance." The author uses his own experiences traveling in the Middle East and North Africa to show readers not only that "they" don't hate "us," but that our concepts of "us" and "them" are invalid and skewed. This sprawling book is divided into three parts, and touches on many diverse subjects that fall under its larger themes of globalization and Middle Eastern attitudes toward the West. LeVine, a professor of Middle Eastern history and a musician who has recorded with musicians as diverse as Mick Jagger and Hassan Hakmoun, clearly has an interest in music and its potential for...


Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea
Jeffrey T. Richelson
0393053830
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archive and author of several books on American intelligence including The Wizards of Langley, has written an authoritative and definitive account of U.S. nuclear espionage from the earliest days of atomic research in WWII to the present. Drawing on prodigious research—including newly declassified material—Richelson details the efforts of the U.S. intelligence community to track the nuclear activities of other states. The results of all this spy craft were at best uneven. With abundant technology—aerial reconnaissance, signals intercepts, seismic detection—but few human intelligence resources (HUMINT), the U.S. was consistently surprised by nuclear events in the Soviet Union, China, India and elsewhere. And we're still...


Military Balance 2004-2005 (Military Balance)
International Institute for Strategic Studies
0198566220
October 31, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Military Balance assesses the military capabilities and defense economics of nearly 170 countries. Region-by-region analyses cover the major developments affecting security policy and the arms trade. Country-by-country entries list military organization, personnel, weapons and equipment
holdings, and relevant economic and demographic data.


War No More
Robert A. Hinde
0745321917
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Never before have so many people worried about the effects of military conflict. At a time when terrorism is opening the way for new forms of warfare worldwide, this book provides a much-needed account of the real dangers we face, and argues that the elimination of weapons of mass destruction and of war are attainable and necessary goals. Written by Nobel Peace prizewinner and former nuclear physicist Joseph Rotblat, and biologist/ psychologist Robert Hinde, War No More provides expert insight into the nature of modern warfare -- including 'weapons of mass destruction'. Examining the key factors that are believed to contribute to conflict, they explain how best to approach a peaceful future. If war is ever to be eliminated, Hinde and Rotblat argue that we must address key issues such as the gap between rich and poor;...


Repeated Games with Incomplete Information
Robert J. Aumann
0262011476
May 16, 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
During the height of the Cold War, between 1965 and 1968, Robert Aumann, Michael Maschler, and Richard Stearns collaborated on research on the dynamics of arms control negotiations that has since become foundational to work on repeated games. These five seminal papers are collected here for the first time, with the addition of "postscripts" describing many of the developments since the papers were written. The basic model studied throughout the book is one in which players ignorant about the game being played must learn what they can from the actions of the others.

The original work, done under contract to the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, was intended to tackle the gradual disarmament problem, in which neither player knew what his own payoff would be for any given agreement, because...


The Seven Myths of Gun Control
Richard Poe
0761524258
Aug 2003
Paperback
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Dr. Michael S. Brown (NewsMax.com, June 18, 2001)
An informative and enjoyable read. . . Buy a couple of extra copies and give them to people you care about. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review
Praise for The Seven Myths of Gun Control:
"A blockbuster book every freedom-loving American should read." —Christopher Ruddy, editor, NewsMax.com
"Every woman in America should read The Seven Myths of Gun Control. As the saying goes, 'God made man and woman, Colonel Colt made them equal.'" —Ann Coulter, syndicated columnist and bestselling author
"The Seven Myths of Gun Control shatters preconceived notions of the gun control debate. Richard Poe correctly points out that...


Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe
Graham Allison
0805078525
August 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A founding dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Allison applies a long, distinguished career in government and academia to this sobering—indeed frightening—presentation of U.S. vulnerability to a terrorist nuclear attack. While he begins by asserting such an attack is preventable, the balance of his text is anything but reassuring. Allison begins by describing the broad spectrum of groups who could intend a nuclear strike against the U.S. They range from an al-Qaeda with its own Manhattan Project to small and determined doomsday cults. Their tools can include a broad spectrum of weapons, either stolen or homemade from raw materials increasingly available worldwide. Once terrorists acquire a nuclear bomb, Allison argues, its delivery to an American target may be almost impossible to...


Naval Arms Control
Sverre Lodgaard (Editor)
0803983875
November 1990
Hardcover
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Book Description
The ongoing restructuring of East-West relations has renewed interest in naval arms control. This impressive volume examines current changes in naval force postures and provides a powerful analysis of military developments in Northern waters. Aims, approaches, and procedures of naval arms control are presented, making clear the choice between negotiated arms control and unilateral changes in naval strategy. In addition, contributors also offer specific proposals for and against arms control (both for conventional and nuclear naval forces). Naval Arms Control will be of special interest to students and scholars in political science, international relations, and peace studies. "I could never agree with all the opinions expressed, but there is no doubt that some of these academics argue very persuasively, and make one...


A Devil's Triangle : Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Rogue States
Peter Brookes
0742549526
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The threats of the Cold War were supplanted by a new national security environment characterized by unpredictable, motivated, capable adversaries posing multiple threats. Peter Brookes, one of the most respected national security experts in the United States, reminds Americans that the world continues to be a very dangerous place, filled with people and groups eager to topple the United States. This devil's triangle--the intersection of terrorism, Chemical/Biological/Radioactive/Nuclear weapons, and state sponsors--raises the timely question, What should America do about these new security challenges?


Treachery
Bill Gertz
1400053161
May 2005
Paperback
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Review
“A blockbuster book. . . Just astounding.” —Rush Limbaugh

“Explosive . . . A methodical, well-thought-out, easy-to-read book . . . that will shock the average American.” —Sean Hannity

“If you read this stuff, it makes your blood boil.” —Jim Cramer, cohost of CNBC’s Kudlow & Cramer

“An explosive new book.” —New York Post

“Gertz uses a variety of unimpeachable sources to . . . [make] a damning case against our longtime ‘allies and friends’ in Paris and Berlin.” —Washington Times

Treachery is the apt title of a new book infuriating to read. . . . For years [Gertz] has bulldogged a story that ‘mainstream’ media strangely soft-pedal. And he...

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