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Dangerous Ground: America's Failed Arms Control Policy, from FDR to Obama [Kindle Edition]

Scott Ritter
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In Dangerous Ground, Scott Ritter, one of the world’s leading experts on arms control, tells a bold and revisionist account of the inseparable histories of the post-World War II American presidency and nuclear weapons. Unpacking sixty years of nuclear history, Ritter shows that nuclear weapons have become such a fixture that they define present-day America on economic, military, political, and moral grounds. And despite fears of global nuclear proliferation, the greatest threat to international stability, Ritter argues, is the US’s addiction to nuclear weapons.

Even in light of Barack Obama’s historic speech in April 2009—which called for the eventual abolition of nuclear weapons— America continues to guard a significant and dangerous nuclear stockpile. The notion that we are more secure with nuclear weapons is deeply entrenched in the American psyche—and virulently protected by forces in the US establishment. As long as this paradigm persists, Ritter suggests, there will be no fundamental US policy change, and as such, no change in global nuclear proliferation.



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Scott Ritter served as Chief Weapons Inspector for the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq from 1991-1998. He is the author of Iraq Confidential, Target Iran, and Waging Peace. He lives in upstate New York.

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  • File Size: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1568583990
  • Publisher: Nation Books (March 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039KO9PA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A key acquisition for any arms control collection July 18, 2010
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Dangerous Ground: America's Failed Arms Control Policy, from FDR to Obama comes from a leading expert on arms control and proliferation issues, and analyzes the deteriorating global security surrounding the nuclear bomb. Chapters cover a history of America's failed attempts at arms control, from Franklin Roosevelt to modern times, and discuss how America's own addiction to nuclear weaponry has worsened the situation. Dangerous Ground provides history and military commentary alike, and is a key acquisition for any arms control collection.
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