How to Build a Nuclear Bomb: And Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

How to Build a Nuclear Bomb: And Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

by Frank Barnaby Dr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560256036

ISBN-13: 9781560256038

Pub. Date: 04/09/2004

Publisher: Nation Books


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…  See more details below

Overview


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, arguing that counterterrorist measures urgently need to be stepped up to meet the challenges of a new era of international terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560256038
Publisher:
Nation Books
Publication date:
04/09/2004
Series:
Nation Books
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
875,477
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to US edition (2004)
Preface
Introduction - the state we're in1
Pt. IWeapons of mass destruction : what they are and what they do13
1Nuclear weapons15
2Biological weapons41
3Chemical weapons55
Pt. IIWeapons of mass destruction and the state65
4What does it take to make a WMD?67
5Case studies : Iraq and North Korea85
6What is the international impact of a WMD program?95
Pt. IIIWeapons of mass destruction and terrorism105
7Terrorism with weapons of mass destruction107
8Which groups are capable of making and using a WMD?121
9What can counterterrorism do?137
10What does the future hold?151
Appendix169
Further reading170
Wedsites on weapons of mass destruction and terrorism171
Source notes172
Index176

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