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Return to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1981-1999

ISBN-13: 978-0195160987
ISBN-10: 0195160983
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The sequel to Powaski's March to Armageddon (Oxford, 1987), this book follows the progress toward U.S.-Soviet arms control during the three most recent U.S. administrations. Based on U.S. documents, newspapers, and memoirs of key figures, the book dissects the negotiations as they occurred, emphasizing the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the Strategic Arms Reduction treaties, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Powaski also considers other events that affected arms control, including domestic politics on both sides and the horizontal spread of nuclear weapons to other states. Although the two nuclear superpowers have made clear progress in cutting nuclear stockpiles, the author remains wary of the nuclear intentions of other states and the potential threat from terrorist groups. Useful for informed readers; recommended for academic libraries.
-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"An exhaustive yet engrossing account of two decades of effort to control the nuclear menace. The author details a painful process, buoyed by an occasional breakthrough--the elimination of intermediate range nuclear missiles under President Reagan and the substantial cut in tactical nuclear weapons under President Bush--but effectively blocked in the Clinton years by hostile Senate leadership and infatuation with the myth of missile defense."--Paul C. Warnke, former Director of U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency


"This compact volume identifies the key themes and turning points in U.S. nuclear weapon and nuclear arms control policy over the past two decades, giving timely insight into the decisions that have kept the nuclear 'fate of the earth' hanging in the balance. A good source for students and journalists, and a fast-reading, illuminating history for any concerned citizen."--Randall Forsberg, Director, Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies


"An accomplished historian of the nuclear arms race in its early years, Ronald Powaski has produced a thorough, up-to-date, and well-written study of the nuclear arms race during the last two decades of the twentieth century. He cogently analyzes U.S. policy in the 1980s and 1990s and assesses the risks of nuclear catastrophe in the coming years."--Peter L. Hahn, Ohio State University


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