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Information is included within these pages for several nuclear-related books along with guidance for ordering from or obtaining printed copies with autographs and personal inscriptions directly from the author.

Nuclear Insights is a monograph derived directly by coauthor Dr. Alexander DeVolpi from Nuclear Shadowboxing.  This website is modified to allow purchase of any volumes. This first page now describes several books.


Volume 1: Nuclear Weaponry (An Insider History). Published January 2009.

Volume 2: Nuclear Threats and Prospects (A Knowledgeable Assessment). Published September 2009 [updated April 2011].

Volume 3: Nuclear Reductions (A Technically Informed Perspective). Published October 2009.

NEW (2011)  >>> A complete, detailed 24-page PDF Table of Contents of all three volumes of Nuclear Insights can be accessed or downloaded FREE by clicking here:

[The downloadable complete and free Table of Contents (hyperlinked above) -- consolidated for all three Volumes of Nuclear Insights -- provides a useful structure for a nuclear-technology class curriculum, which can be supported by inexpensive eBook or printed versions.]

As of 2011 >>> The three volumes of Nuclear Insights: The Cold War Legacy are available as Kindle eBooks under the following titles:

Volume 1: Nuclear Weapons and Public Dissent (An Insider History); Volume 2: Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Power (A Knowledgeable Assessment); Volume 3: Nuclear Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation (A Technically Informed Perspective)


Nuclear Shadowboxing is best suited for very serious students and researchers, while Nuclear Insights provides essentially the same material without detailed references.

Volume 1 of Nuclear Insights should be a favorite of history buffs, Volume 2 for technology geeks, and Volume 3 for nuclear-policy wonks!


In November 1989 the Berlin Wall was breached, beginning a series of events culminating in the collapse of the Soviet Union in August 1991.  The 20th anniversary of these Cold War events occurred from 2009 through 2011.

That history and its impact is amply discussed throughout Nuclear Insights


A comprehensive  two-volume book written (in English) by the following co-authors:

Dr. Alexander DeVolpi, United States
Dr. Vladimir E. Minkov, United States
Dr. Vadim A. Simonenko, Russian Federation
Dr. George S. Stanford, United States


Chapters in Volume 1:    
I. The Cold War: Two Scorpions in a Bottle
II. Cold-War National Security
III. Nuclear Lessons
IV. Public Involvement
Appendices for Volume 1

Chapters in Volume 2:
V. Legacies of the Cold War
VI. Contemporary Security/Insecurity Trends
VII. Nuclear Reductions/Disarmament
Appendices for Volume 2

The Cold War, one of the most indelible features of the past century, has an impact reverberating into the new millennium (contributing, for example, to the emergence of global terrorism).

In this 2-volume book, we examine the half century of virtual conflict, with emphasis on nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, finding useful lessons about policies that work and others that don’t.

Lessons for any nation contemplating an atomic arsenal: Its neighbors and potential adversaries will react, and nuclear arms races are unexpectedly expensive. The resulting diversion of national resources from domestic needs is unlikely to be in the best interest of any nation, serving mainly to preserve and expand the power of dictators, ideological extremists, and vested interests.

Similar messages inherited from the Cold War apply to other  — chemical, biological, radiological — weapons for inflicting indiscriminate harm.

Contemporary issues involving nuclear weapons and nuclear power are covered in Volume 2 at two levels: one suitable for non-technical individuals (students, the curious readers, and professionals), and the other level with more details for the technically knowledgeable.  Discussed in detail is the nuclear proliferation potential for nations like Iran and North Korea.

Dr. A. DeVolpi, physicist (retired, Argonne National Laboratory); formerly manager of nuclear diagnostics and technical manager of arms control and nonproliferation program; author of Proliferation, Plutonium and Policy and coauthor (with G.E. Marsh, T.A. Postol, and G.S. Stanford) of Born Secret: the H-bomb, the Progressive Case, and National Security.

Dr. Vladimir Minkov, physicist (retired, Argonne National Laboratory), émigré from the Soviet Union, formerly Technical Coordinator of arms control and nonproliferation collaborative projects with Russia; author of many papers on comparative analysis of U.S., Soviet, and Russian traditions as they have influenced the arms-control and nonproliferation scene.

Dr. Vadim Simonenko, physicist (deputy laboratory director, Chelyabinsk-70, Russia); author of many studies of the Soviet/Russian approach to arms control and nonproliferation; Soviet technical expert at arms-control negotiations.

Dr. George S. Stanford, reactor physicist (retired, Argonne National Laboratory; deceased); coauthor of Born Secret frequent contributor to public-interest issues involving nuclear armaments and peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

The authors’ mode of collaboration was somewhat unusual.  In the historical context, DeVolpi and Stanford represent the U.S./Western points of view. Where Soviet/Russian perspectives differ appreciably, Simonenko provides a different slant. And Minkov, now a American citizen, explains how culture and tradition on the two sides affected approaches to the issues that were controversial.

Two of the authors (Minkov, left, and DeVolpi, right) at Chelyabinsk-70 nuclear-weapon museum with chief weapon designer Boris Litvinov, standing next to a replica of the largest nuclear bomb ever made (well over 50-megaton yield).  Minkov and DeVolpi were the first outsiders ever admitted to the museum, which had full-scale replicas of essentially all major Soviet nuclear weapons.


Living Books:

Nuclear Shadowboxing is not likely to become obsolete during our productive lifetimes; we plan to keep it up-to-date by using Internet resources and, if necessary, by publishing revised editions.  Google Book Search has the latest revisions (see Ordering Books).

The three volumes of Nuclear Insights are a more readable version of the two thorough and scholarly volumes of Nuclear Shadowboxing.  Omitted from Nuclear Insights are detailed appendices and all citations, as well as other technical information.

All can be ordered through this website (Click on "Ordering Books" in left column of these pages.)


REVITALIZED BOOK (2011 eVersion):

by A. DeVolpi, G.E. Marsh, T.A. Postol, and G.S. Stanford

(Printed edition originally published by Pergamon Press in 1981)

>>> Now available as an eBook: go to Ordering Books page to obtain a copy


By Alexander DeVolpi: Lover, Soldier, Reprobate. About his father, who was a soldier of fortune, fighting in up to 13 wars during his military career. Go to www.LoverSoldierReprobate.INFO.