Donald MacKenzie follows one line of technology - strategic ballistic missile guidance through a succession of weapons systems to reveal the workings of a world that is neither awesome nor unstoppable.
Among books on the arms race, MacKenzie's (sociology, U. of Edinburgh) stands out for its welcome demystification fo the nuclear waeapons technology. MacKenzie follows one line of technology--strategic ballistic missile guidance--through a succession of weapons system to reveal the ordinary workings of a world that is neither awesome nor unstoppable. He uncovers the parameters, the pressures, and the politics that make up the complex social construction of an equally complex technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)