Best of Intentions

Critical Praise for Best of Intentions

"...informed and trenchant...offers valuable insights and presents important challenges - not only to those who have advocated prior non-proliferation initiatives, but to those who contend that there are better options."
Alton Frye, Vice President, Council on Foreign Relations

"Henry Sokolski has done us all a great service by parsing, briefly and succinctly, the tangled history of nonproliferation, and relating it to the problems we face today."
James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency

"For any Democrat or Republican wishing to rethink what our nonproliferation polices should be, Best of Intentions is the place to begin."
William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard

"...Best of Intentions provides a timely and well-reasoned history of U.S. attempts to prevent the spread of nuclear materials. Henry Sokolski has succeeded in setting forth the current dilemmas facing present-day decision makers and making a compelling analysis of where past policies have gone right or wrong."
Representative Edward J. Markey, (D-Massachusetts), Co-Chairman of the House Bi-Partisan Nonproliferation Task Force

"...an indispensable primer on a long and crucial battle we may now be losing."
Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

"...a reference work no serious student of these matters should be without,"
Gordon C. Oehler, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency's Nonproliferation Center

"A fascinating history and penetrating critque of U.S. nuclear nonproliferation policy..."
Frank Von Hippel, Princeton University

"This is an outstanding survey, analysis and critique...a vitally important addition to the reading lists and libraries of scholars, policymakers and others having an interest in U.S. national security strategy, technology transfer, arms control and proliferation."
Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

"...raises fundamental strategic questions that must be addressed...a thoughtful, welcome provocation."
George Perkovich, author, India's Nuclear Bomb

"...This sobering analysis is must reading for scholars and policy makers alike."
Henry Rowen, Stanford University, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Reviews of Best of Intentions


Air Force Journal, review submitted for publication
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LtCol. Peter Hays, Maxwell Air Force Base


ORBIS, Summer 2001, "How Nations Decide to Go Nuclear"
Mark T. Clark, professor and chair of political science and director of the National Security Studies Program at California State University, San Bernardino.


The National Interest, Spring 2001, "Riding the Tiger"
Henry Rowen, director of the Asia/Pacific Research Center, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution


National Security Studies Quarterly, Spring 2001, "Books in the Field: Henry Sokolski, Best of Intentions: America's Campaign Against Strategic

Table of Contents


Foreword by James Woolsey

Preface: Why a Nonproliferation History?

1. The First Half Century
2. The Baruch Plan
3. Atoms for Peace
4. The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
5. Proliferation Technology Control Regimes
6. Counterproliferation
7. The Next Campaign

Appendix I The Baruch Plan, Presented to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, June 14, 1946
Appendix II President Eisenhower's Address Before the General Assembly of the United Nations on the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, December 8, 1953
Appendix III Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Appendix IV Multilateral Export Control Regimes: Membership and Related Websites
Appendix V Remarks by Honorable Les Aspin, Secretary of Defense, National Academy of Sciences, December 7, 1993.

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