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Free Bombs

(Summer 1967)

From International Socialism (1st series), No.29, Summer 1967, p.36.
Thanks to Ted Crawford & the late Will Fancy.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam
Gar Alperovitz
Secker & Warburg, 35s

The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima but aimed at Moscow. That is Mr Alperovitz’s main point: the advent of nuclear weapons altered the world balance of power and the United States was quick to seize the favourable opportunities it gave her. Marshalling his facts, showing quite clearly how America sought to assert her new-found superiority, Mr Alperovitz quickly disposes of the view, held by political innocents in this country, that the American Government is peace-loving while the dirty communists are hell-bent on aggression.

It is a sign of the value and worth of Mr Alperovitz’s book that no man of average intelligence could read it and still be in favour of Britain remaining in NATO.

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