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Nuclear proliferation : the problems and possibilities
Cheney, Glenn Alan.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [1999]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses current policies governing the spread of nuclear weapons along with potential problems and possible outcomes.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 10.1 5.0 1881.
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Central Library JZ5675 .C45 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this thought-provoking examination of the nuclear challenges our planet now faces, author Glen Alan Cheney discusses various dangers and possible solutions. He includes a look at worst-case scenarios, a description of current rogue regimes that continue nuclear testing and development, and an explanation of the many nonproliferation forces at work.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. Cheney sets an ominous tone in his first chapter by describing six worst-case scenarios involving the spread of nuclear weapons and radioactive materials. He then makes the unsettling statement that "events quite like them have either taken place already or might well take place." He follows with chapters that read like a cold war thriller, providing a history of the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, an explanation of the treaties drafted to limit the weapon use, and a thorough discussion of the problems involved with nonproliferation policies, rogue nations, and illegal trade in radioactive materials. A glossary, detailed source notes, an extensive bibliography, and an annotated list of Internet sites add to the value of this resource, which will be of use to both student researchers and debaters. --Chris Sherman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 UpA balanced view of the problems and possibilities of nuclear power. Cheney includes worst-case scenarios, the history of nuclear use, threats due to the breakup of the Soviet Union, treaties, and access to the technology by rogue regimes and terrorists. His plea is for cooperation among the nations to control the use of nuclear power. The writing is clear and straightforward. Captioned black-and-white photos appear throughout but the ragged-edge design element detracts from their clarity. Karin L. Swishers Nuclear Proliferation (Greenhaven, 1992) is written on a higher reading level with more varied opinions. The Harvard Nuclear Study Groups Living with Nuclear Weapons (Harvard Univ., 1990) provides more depth. Ellen Thros Taking a Stand against Nuclear War (Watts, 1990; o.p.) covers some of the same topics but includes advocates, diagrams that show the dangers of nuclear use, peace organizations, as well as young people who have taken a stand. Cheneys overview is suitable for general audiences, and will be especially useful for debaters and speech or report writers.Sandra L. Doggett, Urbana High School, Ijamsville, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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