In this landmark book, Nobel laureate Thomas C. Schelling considers the ways in which military capabilities--real or imagined--are used as bargaining power. This edition contains a new foreword by the author where he considers the book's relevance over forty years after its first publication. Included as an afterword is the text of Professor Schelling's Nobel acceptance speech in which he reflects upon the global taboo that has emerged against nuclear weapons since Hiroshima. "This is a brilliant and hardheaded book. It will frighten those who prefer not to dwell on the unthinkable and infuriate those who have taken refuge in stereotypes and moral attitudinizing."--Gordon A. Craig, "New York"" Times Book Review" Thomas C. Schelling is Distinguished University Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, Harvard University. He is co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics.
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"This is a brilliant and hardheaded book. It will frighten those who prefer not to dwell on the unthinkable and infuriate those who have taken refuge in stereotypes and moral attitudinizing."-Gordon A. Craig, New York Times Book Review
"Of great value especially to people who are relative newcomers to the field . . . it has, like everything of Schelling's, some quite novel and original ideas."-Bernard Brodie
"Extends his classic Strategy of Conflict to provide timely, timeless guidance for statecraft."-Graham Allison, author of Nuclear Terrorism: the Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe
"Tom Schelling is the most significant nuclear strategist of the past half-century. Arms and Influence was essential reading for any serious student of the subject throughout the Cold War. With his new preface and foreword, Schelling demonstrates that in a world facing the threat of nuclear terrorism and belligerent states such as North Korea and Iran, his ideas and examples are vital if we are to continue 'the tradition of non-use' of these ultimate weapons of devastation."-Michael Nacht, University of California, Berkeley
"Tom Schelling helped shape the way we think about contemporary strategy and nuclear weapons. This important book demonstrates his originality, range, and rigor."-Lawrence Freedman, King's College London