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Powaski, Ronald E.

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Works: 16 works in 117 publications in 3 languages and 6,573 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Ronald E Powaski
March to Armageddon : the United States and the nuclear arms race, 1939 to the present by Ronald E Powaski( )

20 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 2,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There have been scientific studies of the nuclear arms race, and there have been political exposés -- yet no book until now has given the general reader a complete and accessible history of the events, forces and factors that have brought the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust. In this revealing account, Ronald Powaski examines two basic questions: What keeps the nuclear arms race going and why is it so difficult to end? Starting with the opening days of World War II, when Roosevelt gave the go-ahead for the secret development of the atom bomb, the famous Manhattan Project, Powaski traces the unfolding arms race up to the current day. He takes us through Truman's decision to use the bomb against Japan in 1945, the Cold War era and the missile crisis of Kennedy's administration, to the detente years of the seventies and the defense and arms control policies of Ronald Reagan, including "Star Wars" and START (the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks). As Powaski explains, both the United States and the Soviet Union now have a combined total of almost 50,000 nuclear weapons. Nuclear arms treaties and agreements are threatening to collapse, he argues, while the proliferation of nuclear materials and weapons throughout the world has given many countries the capability to produce nuclear weapons. Emphasizing the role of the United States, Powaski shows how one president after another has promised to do his utmost to end the nuclear weapons competition, yet each one has actually increased the quantity or quality of these weapons in the American arsenal. March to Armageddon reveals this startling discrepancy between presidential words and actions.--Publisher description
Return to Armageddon : the United States and the nuclear arms race, 1981-1999 by Ronald E Powaski( )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 1,834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Return to Armageddon, Ronald E. Powaski assesses the dangers that beset us as we enter an increasingly unstable political world. With the Start I and II treaties, completed by George Bush in 1991 and 1993 respectively, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), signed by Bill Clinton in 1996, it seemed as if the nuclear clock had been successfully turned back to a safer hour. But Powaski shows that there is much less reason for optimism than we may like to think. Continued U.S-Russian cooperation can no longer be assured. To make matters worse, Russia has not ratified the Start II Treaty and the U.S. Senate has failed to approve the CTBT. Perhaps even more ominous, the effort to prevent the acquisition of nuclear weapons by nonweapon states is threatened by nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan. The nuclear club is growing and its most recent members are increasingly hostile. Indeed, it is becoming ever more difficult to keep track of the expertise and materials needed to build nuclear weapons, which almost certainly will find their way into terrorist hands."--Jacket
The Cold War : the United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991 by Ronald E Powaski( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Cold War, Ronald E. Powaski offers a new perspective on the great rivalry, even as he provides a coherent, concise narrative. He wastes no time in challenging the reader to think of the Cold War in new ways, arguing that the roots of the conflict are centuries old, going back to Czarist Russia and to the very infancy of the American nation. He shows that both Russia and America were expansionist nations with messianic complexes, and the people of both nations believed they possessed a unique mission in history. Except for a brief interval in 1917, Americans perceived the Russian government (whether Czarist or Bolshevik) as despotic; Russians saw the United States as conspiring to prevent it from reaching its place in the sun. U.S. military intervention in Russia's civil war, with the aim of overthrowing Lenin's upstart regime, entrenched Moscow's fears. Soviet-American relations, difficult before World War II - when both nations were relatively weak militarily and isolated from world affairs - escalated dramatically after both nations emerged as the world's major military powers. Powaski paints a portrait of the spiraling tensions with stark clarity, as each new development added to the rivalry: the Marshall Plan, the communist coup in Czechoslovakia, the Berlin blockade, the formation of NATO, the first Soviet nuclear test. In this atmosphere, Truman found it easy to believe that the Communist victory in China and the Korean War were products of Soviet expansionism. He and his successors extended their own web of mutual defense treaties, covert actions, and military interventions across the globe - from the Caribbean to the Middle East and, finally to Southeast Asia, where containment famously foundered in the bog of Vietnam." "Powaski skillfully highlights the domestic politics, diplomatic maneuvers, and even psychological factors as he untangles the knot that bound the two superpowers together in conflict. Perhaps most imporant, he offers an astute assessment of the lasting distortions the struggle wrought upon American institutions, raising questions about whether anyone really won the Cold War."--Jacket
Lightning war : Blitzkrieg in the west, 1940 by Ronald E Powaski( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a comprehensive study of the German advance into Northern France and the Low Countries in 1940, and examines the entire campaign from the perspective of the French, British, Germans, and others who were involved
Thomas Merton on nuclear weapons by Ronald E Powaski( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The entangling alliance : the United States and European security, 1950-1993 by Ronald E Powaski( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toward an entangling alliance : American isolationism, internationalism, and Europe, 1901-1950 by Ronald E Powaski( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American presidential statecraft : from isolationism to internationalism by Ronald E Powaski( )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and German and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the presidency in twentieth century America and explores why some presidents succeed as makers of U.S. foreign policy while others fail, sometimes tragically. It explores each president's ability to apply his skills to a foreign policy issue in the face of opposition that may come from a variety of sources, including the Congress, the Pentagon, the State Department, the press, and often their own in-house advisers. This volume in particular focuses on Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.
American presidential statecraft : during the cold war and after by Ronald E Powaski( )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, the second of two volumes, examines the presidency in last half of twentieth century America and explores the successes and failures of presidents in their foreign policy initiatives. It examines each president's ability to apply his skills to a foreign policy issue in the face of opposition that may come from a variety of sources, including the Congress, the Pentagon, the State Department, the press, and often their own in-house advisers. This volume in particular focuses on John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush
Great Britain and the Manchurian Crisis, 1931-1933 by Ronald E Powaski( Book )

5 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toward an entangling alliance : American isolationism, internationalism, and Europe, 1901-1950 by Ronald E Powaski( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

IDEALS, INTERESTS, AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY FROM GEORGE H. W. BUSH TO DONALD TRUMP by Ronald E Powaski( )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russia : the nuclear menace within by Ronald E Powaski( )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Thomas Merton( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Joining the march of folly by Ronald E Powaski( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

March to Armageddon : the United States and the nuclear arms race, 1939 to the present by Ronald E Powaski( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A detailed history of the arms race, from the Manhattan Project to the Iceland Summit of 1986. The dynamics of the international system, the Cold War, technological pressure and mistrust have proven to have a greater impact on decisions than the virtues of arms control. 1987
 
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March to Armageddon : the United States and the nuclear arms race, 1939 to the present
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Return to Armageddon : the United States and the nuclear arms race, 1981-1999The Cold War : the United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991Lightning war : Blitzkrieg in the west, 1940The entangling alliance : the United States and European security, 1950-1993Toward an entangling alliance : American isolationism, internationalism, and Europe, 1901-1950Toward an entangling alliance : American isolationism, internationalism, and Europe, 1901-1950
Alternative Names
Powaski, R. E. 1943-

Ronald E. Powaski American historian

Ronald E. Powaski Amerikaans historicus

Languages
English (110)

Spanish (5)

German (1)