Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008 - History - 432 pages
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a riveting account of the nuclear arms race and the Cold War. In the Reagan-Gorbachev era, the United States and the Soviet Union came within minutes of nuclear war, until Gorbachev boldly launched a campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons, setting the stage for the 1986 Reykjavik summit and the incredible events that followed. In this thrilling, authoritative narrative, Richard Rhodes draws on personal interviews with both Soviet and U.S. participants and a wealth of new documentation to unravel the compelling, shocking story behind this monumental time in human history—its beginnings, its nearly chilling consequences, and its effects on global politics today.
 

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User Review  - JonathanCrites - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this history of the Arms Race (albeit focusing on the end of it, particularly on Gorbachev) and would definitely recommend it. The author makes the reader consider what it all was worth - to put the world on the brink of destruction for so long at such a great cost. Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This is one of the best histories I have read in a very long time. Rhodes uses nuclear weapons policy as the lens through which he views the Cold War. His discussion of Gorbachev is quite interesting ... Read full review

Contents

To the Chernobyl Sarcophagus
3
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
27
The Bomber Will Always Get Through I
69
The Bomber Will Always Get Through II
84
The Sorcerers Apprentices I
102
The Sorcerers Apprentices II
118
Decapitation
138
Rehearsing Armageddon
154
Going Around in Circles
187
Naysayers Hard at Work
212
Looking Over the Horizon
236
The Sovereign Right to Choose
271
The Little Suitcase
290
Notes
311
Bibliography
343
Acknowledgments
359

lo The Warheads Will Always Get Through
168

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Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twentytwo books, including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in History. He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television's Frontline and American Experience series. An affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, he lectures frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad.

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