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Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation

Harold A. Feiveson, Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian, and Frank N. von Hippel


The global stockpile, continued production and use of plutonium and highly enriched uranium – the fissile materials that are the essential ingredients of nuclear weapons – facilitates proliferation, increases the risk of nuclear terrorism and is an obstacle to achieving irreversible nuclear disarmament. The book begins by explaining how these materials are used in nuclear weapons, and describes the histories of fissile material production for weapons starting with the United States and including in historical order the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, North ... More

Keywords: Nuclear weapons, Nuclear energy, Nuclear nonproliferation, Nuclear disarmament, Plutonium, Highly enriched uranium, Fissile materials, Uranium enrichment, Plutonium separation (reprocessing), Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027748
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold A. Feiveson, author
Princeton University

Alexander Glaser, author

Zia Mian, author