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“Extends his classic Strategy of Conflict to provide timely, timeless guidance for statecraft.”—Graham Allison, author of Nuclear Terrorism: the Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe
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“Tom Schelling is the most significant nuclear strategist of the past half-century. Arms and Influence was essential reading for any serious student of the subject throughout the Cold War. With his new preface and foreword, Schelling demonstrates that in a world facing the threat of nuclear terrorism and belligerent states such as North Korea and Iran, his ideas and examples are vital if we are to continue 'the tradition of non-use' of these ultimate weapons of devastation.”—Michael Nacht, University of California, Berkeley
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"Tom Schelling helped shape the way we think about contemporary strategy and nuclear weapons. This important book demonstrates his originality, range, and rigor."—Lawrence Freedman, King's College London
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Thomas C. Schelling is Distinguished University Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, Harvard University. He is co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics.
 
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  • Series: The Henry L. Stimson Lectures Series
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Revised edition (November 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300143370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300143379
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was one of the required readings for a class I am currently taking. The author is a Nobel Prize winner for his contributions to game-theory analysis and this book is considered to be one of the classics on nuclear strategy. It's not hard to see why. While many books on nuclear deterrence and strategy go into the different policies and can get policy wonky, this book takes an almost philosophical approach to the questions that nuclear strategy and deterrence pose. Indeed, many of the thoughts that Mr. Schelling has apply just as much to conventional war as to nuclear war as deterrence, compellence, and just the threat of violence can be used to achieve national goals. It is fascinating. It is also incredibly ponderous. At times it feels like Mr. Schelling just recorded some thoughts on a tape recorder and had someone transcribe them into book as topics are tackled without any apparent rhyme or reason. And considering that one or two of his chapters are 60+ pages long, it can be difficult to track his thoughts. Still, this is a genuinely thought provoking book that, in spite of the end of the Cold War, has not lost its relevancy and, indeed, will not until nuclear weapons are abolished or they are used once again in war.
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By Paul Davis on December 27, 2014
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While much of the book revolves around US Soviet nuclear policy the ideas and concepts of how nations interacts remains valid. This book should be in every decision makers library.
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Mandatory for a lecture course, but overall interesting material. Fast shipping and great condition.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mya on March 9, 2015
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