Armament and Disarmament: South Africa's Nuclear Experience

Armament and Disarmament: South Africa's Nuclear Experience

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By (author) Hannes Steyn, With Jan Van Loggerenberg, With Richardt Van Der Walt

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  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • Format: Paperback | 164 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 226mm x 13mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 31 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington IN
  • ISBN 10: 0595356656
  • ISBN 13: 9780595356652
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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South Africa was the first nation in the world to renounce and destroy its top-secret nuclear weapons capability. Its government also eliminated the ability to produce and deliver these warheads. Because no one archived the official documentary evidence of the program, various writers and scholars, as well as the public at large, have been left to speculate-and forget-the activities that consumed billions of rands and years of dedication. Based on facts and first-hand perspectives, "Armament and Disarmament" offers intimate views from three participants in the nuclear weapons program. A larger picture emerges through their recollections, fulfilling the role of essential perspectives and documentation where official records no longer exist. Out of secrecy and a need-to-know philosophy, many involved in the program, both wittingly and unwittingly, were never briefed as to how their particular endeavors fit into the bigger scheme. "Armament and Disarmament" sheds light on the complexity of events surrounding the South African nuclear weapons program and brings tribute to the ingenuity and dedication of all those involved.

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