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Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race

Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race
Author: Richard Rhodes
ISBN 13: 9780375713941
ISBN 10: 375713948
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2008-11-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $18.00

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.

The New York Times - Martin Walker

Rhodes focuses on three topics: Gorbachev and the dramatic psychological impact of the Chernobyl nuclear accident; the hardline cold warriors who gathered around the Reagan White House; and the pivotal encounter at the Reykjavik summit of 1986, when Gorbachev and Reagan seriously discussed getting rid of all nuclear weapons…It is a familiar tale, but Rhodes tells it well, and his artful narrative contains some real gems.