Another new book you might consider is called Britain's Bomb: What Next?, edited by Brian Wicker and General Sir Hugh Beach. It's a collection of essays, from diverse standpoints, on the future of Britain's independent nuclear deterrent. It has been produced under the auspices of an expert and non-partisan organisation called the Council on Christian Approaches to Deterrence and Disarmament (CCADD).
The book is being launched today at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. The event is to be introduced by the military historian Professor Sir Michael Howard, who is CCADD vice-president and has written the foreword to the book. One of the essays, arguing that Britain needs an independent deterrent, is by me. I make no claims for this (and do not share the Christian convictions of the book's editors), but the rest of the book is certainly a valuable primer on the arguments about an important issue on which there has been far too little public debate. The contributors include the Conservative defence spokesman Julian Lewis MP; the Liberal Democrat spokesman Lord Garden; and the retired Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries.