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Getting MAD: Nuclear Mutual Assured Destruction, Its Origins and Practice is the first critical history of the intellectual roots and actual application of the strategic doctrine of nuclear mutual assured destruction or MAD. Written by the world's leading French, British, and American military policy planners and analysts, this volume examines how MAD and its emphasis on the military targeting of population centers influenced the operational plans of the major nuclear powers and states, such as Pakistan, India, and Israel. Given America's efforts to move away from MAD and the continued reliance on MAD thinking by smaller nations to help justify further nuclear proliferation, Getting MAD is a timely must reading for anyone eager to understand our nuclear past and future.
MAD, Mutual Assured Destruction, Sokolski, nonproliferation, arms control, France, China, Russia, United kingdom
Henry D. Sokolski Mr.,
Getting MAD: Nuclear Mutual Assured Destruction, Its Origins and Practice ( US Army War College Press, 2004),