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Counting weapons

Rudolf Peierls

5 March 1981
Britain and Nuclear Weapons 
by Lawrence Freedman.
Papermac, 160 pp., £3.25, September 1980, 0 333 30511 6
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Countdown: Britain’s Strategic Forces 
by Stewart Menual.
Hale, 188 pp., £8.25, October 1980, 0 7091 8592 8
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The War Machine 
by James Avery Joyce.
Quartet, 210 pp., £6.95, October 1980, 0 7043 2254 4
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Protest and Survive 
edited by E.P. Thompson and Dan Smith.
Penguin, 262 pp., £1.50, October 1980, 0 14 052341 3
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... alternative options, he thinks this a good choice. This is strongly questioned by Air Vice-Marshal Stewart Menaul. To him, the decision to rely on submarine-carried missiles when the V-bombers became obsolete was misguided, and the choice of Tridents even worse. The only sensible option now, he maintains, would have been Cruise missiles. The views of a ...

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