Arsenals of Folly

Arsenals of Folly

The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race

Book - 2007
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The story of the postwar superpower arms race, climaxing during the Reagan-Gorbachev decade. Drawing on a wealth of new documentation, Rhodes reveals how the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s led Soviet leader Andropov to conclude that Reagan must be preparing for a nuclear war. In 1983, when NATO staged a large series of field exercises, the Soviets came very close to launching a defensive first strike. Then Reagan launched the arms-reduction campaign of his second presidential term and set the stage for his 1986 summit with Gorbachev in Reykjavik. Rhodes also reveals the early influence of neoconservatives, demonstrating how the manipulation of government and public opinion with fake intelligence and threat inflation, which the administration of George W. Bush has used to justify current policies, were developed and applied in the Reagan era and even before.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375414138
0375414134
Characteristics: 386 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Aug 10, 2010

I really enjoyed reading this book on the story of the cold war and the insane number of nuclear weapons that were tested and made. What I found most chilling was the section in the middle dealing with Reagan's early attitudes and actions with respect to the USSR. His simplistic ideas and approaches could have been a disaster for all the world.

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