In The Nuclear Club, Jonathan Hunt has produced an excellent book describing the origins of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1958 to 1970. Hunt’s detailed analysis effectively threads the needle between traditional and revisionist accounts of the treaty’s origins, showing step by step how the treaty emerged from the tangled bargains of the nuclear-armed superpowers; their close allies, especially in Europe; and the broader decolonizing and developing world of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In recalling the many layers of the treaty’s construction, Hunt’s account draws on extensive archival research across many countries and languages. Indeed, Hunt’s success in welding together the many influences that drove the NPT’s original negotiation highlights the need for additional research regarding the development of the nuclear nonproliferation regime over time.

The Nuclear Club begins by acknowledging the ongoing contest over the meaning of the NPT (10–11). Traditionally, the treaty has been portrayed...

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