Nuclear Terrorism

Nuclear Terrorism

The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
A call to action on the threat of nuclear terrorism predicts that a catastrophic attack is likely to occur within the next decade if policy makers continue present tactics, and states that such an attack is preventable, offering recommendations for addressing national vulnerabilities. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A leading strategist opens our eyes to the greatest terrorist threat of all-and how to prevent it before it's too late

Americans in the twenty-first century are keenly aware of the many forms of terrorism: hijackings, biological attacks, chemical weapons. But rarely do we allow ourselves to face squarely the deadliest form of terrorism, because it is almost too scary to think about-a terrorist group exploding a nuclear device in an American city.

In this urgent call to action, Graham Allison, one of America's leading experts on nuclear weapons and national security, presents the evidence for two provocative, compelling conclusions. First, if policy makers in Washington keep doing what they are currently doing about the threat, a nuclear terrorist attack on America is likely to occur in the next decade. And if one lengthens the time frame, a nuclear strike is inevitable. Second, the surprising and largely unrecognized good news is that nuclear terrorism is, in fact, preventable. In these pages, Allison offers an ambitious but feasible blueprint for eliminating the possibility of nuclear terrorist attacks.

The United States once relied on the threat of mutually assured destruction to deter the Soviet Union from launching a nuclear strike. But in today's fragmented world, a new strategy is needed, especially with nuclear material vulnerable to theft or sale through black-market channels.

The choice is ours: to grab this beast by the horns or to be impaled on those horns. We do not have the luxury of hoping the problem will go away, and Allison shows why.


Blackwell North Amer
Americans today are keenly aware of our vulnerability to hijackings, biological attacks, and chemical weapons. But the deadliest form of terrorism is almost too scary to think about: a terrorist group exploding a nuclear bomb in an American city.
In this urgent call to action, Graham Allison, one of America's leading experts on nuclear weapons and national security, argues that we must face this terrible threat squarely in order to understand it and neutralize it. Nuclear Terrorism presents a case for two propositions. The first is that on the current course nuclear terrorism is inevitable. Allison lays out the true nature of the threat: who are the groups likely to seek out nuclear weapons, what kind of material is available to them, where they are likely to get it, when such a nuclear device could be made operational, and how they might deliver it to our shores.
But Allison does more than weave a tale of doom, because his second proposition is that nuclear terrorism is preventable. He outlines an ambitious but feasible strategy by which we can essentially eliminate the danger of nuclear terrorism.

Baker
& Taylor

Predicts that a catastrophic nuclear attack is likely to occur within the next decade if policy makers continue present tactics, and states that such an attack is preventable, offering recommendations for addressing national vulnerabilities.

Publisher: New York : Times Books/Henry Holt, 2004
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805076516
0805076514
Branch Call Number: 363.32 Allison 2004
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Aug 09, 2017

This book came out in 2004 but is still relevant today.

I learned who is most likely to commit acts of terror in and against the United States- the A-teams of terrorist groups and why they are dangerous.

Don't miss the chapter at the end of the book "Frequently asked questions about nuclear terrorism".

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