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Arsenals of folly : the making of the nuclear arms race

Author: Richard Rhodes
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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, [the author] 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 larger than usual series of field exercises, the Soviet military  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rhodes
OCLC Number: 218502808
Notes: Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2007. 1st ed.
Description: Sound disc : digital, mono. ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Rigid system: To the Chernobyl sarcophagus; Moscow does not believe in tears; Hierarchy of vassals and chiefs --
Apes on a treadmill: "The bomber will always get through" (I); "The bomber will always get through" (II); Sorcerer's apprentices (I); Sorcerer's apprentices (II); Decapitation; Rehearing Armageddon; Warheads will always get through --
Common security: Going around in circles; Naysayers hard at work; Looking over the horizon; Sovereign right to choose; Little suitcase.
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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, [the author] 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 larger than usual series of field exercises, the Soviet military 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. [He] 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 'war on terror' and the disastrous invasion of Iraq, were developed and applied in the Reagan era and even before. -From publisher description.

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