From Publishers Weekly
In a culture in which superweapons are replacing superpowers as arbiters of order, we face a new arms race that is driven by ethnic and religious hatred, warn the authors of this impressive study. Burrows and Windrem contend that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, along with the means to deliver them over long distances, is more ominous than the specters of overpopulation, disease epidemics or ecological disaster. As the moderating influence of the superpowers diminishes (they are turning their attention increasingly to internal affairs), Third World countries are seeking true independence based on military self-sufficiency, which translates to the stockpiling of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The authors provide a deeply researched survey of the methods by which these weapons are distributed, who has them and how they are likely to be employed unless sanctions can be imposed. The U.S. should take the lead in forging an international antiproliferation resolve, stress Burrows ( Deep Black ) and Windrem, who is a producer for NBC News. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This hefty volume covers more ground but is not as well organized as Martin van Creveld's Nuclear Proliferation and the Future of Conflict ( LJ 8/93) nor as speculative as Trevor DuPuy's Future Wars ( LJ 1/93). Nonetheless, Burrows and Windrem have painted an even more sobering picture: the major powers of the world have lost all control over superweapons proliferation. The stories are familiar: the Iraqi nuclear effort, Gerald Bull's "supergun," and Indian, Pakistani, and Israeli atom bombs. Sometimes the tale is so obscure the reader loses the point--why were there Iraqi agents in Mauritania? What does the bombing of the World Trade Center have to do with proliferation? No matter, the book is captivating reading for all.- John Yurechko, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.