Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Stimson Institute, Diplomat Scholar at University of Virginia and Stanford University Press author of the recent, Better Safe than Sorry, the Ironies of Living with the Bomb, chose his Top Ten Books on Nuclear on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control in an article in Foreign Policy.
Krepon’s own book Better Safe than Sorry places contemporary anxieties about nuclear proliferation in historical context. Krepon moves back in time providing context for today’s nuclear fears by examining past periods of nuclear danger. From the first and second nuclear ages, to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, all the way to the discovery of Sadam Hussein’s nuclear weapon program, Krepon provides a comprehensive historical story of “the bomb.”
Using his knowledge and expertise on the subject, Krepon compiled in Foreign Policy a list of the top literature surrounding nuclear weapons; from The Acheson-Lilienthal Report (1946) to The Master of the Game, Paul Nitze and the Nuclear Peace (1988). Though Krepon admits some of the literature is a little dated, it nevertheless contributes to the ever-evolving discussion surrounding nuclear proliferation – perhaps aiding in and leading to his own contribution to the field.