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The Star Wars Enigma: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War Race for Missile Defense Hardcover – August 1, 2006
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". . . .an account that neatly balances politics and technology. . . .will not settle the controversy over Star Wars, but it adds a perspective that Cold War scholars should not ignore."
“The best overview to date of what became a major catalyst for change in the 1980s . . . the most coherent account yet of the controversial programme that effectively ended the cold war.”
"Terrific, utterly riveting . . . In The Star Wars Enigma, Nigel Hey . . . provides the clearest, most complete history ever published of the Soviet Union’s own missile-defense programs. And he traces the origins of the idea of strategic defense within our own country’s tightly-knit – but rarely united – community of Cold War scientists including such luminaries as Edward Teller and Gerold Yonas. . . . The real history of Star Wars is just beginning to unfold, and Nigel Hey’s book ought to be required reading for all the world’s leaders."
“A book that contains a wealth of previously unpublished information, including new insights into the secretive Soviet space defense program."
"After a forty-year struggle under a nuclear sword of Damocles, Western civilization triumphed over the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War. In the most rigorous history scholarship yet to appear on this climactic period of history, Nigel Hey defines the critical role played in this historic victory by President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. The Star Wars Enigma traces the origin, the proponents and opponents, and the drama that accompanied the over-turning of American defense strategy and the end of the threat of East-West nuclear holocaust."
From the Publisher
Explores the mysteries of Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, including the possibility that it is the greatest bluff in history
Considers SDI's role in ending the Cold War
Based on scores of first-person interviews with top U.S. and Soviet politicians and scientists
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Hey brings in the other key players and their contributions to SDI. Chief among these people were Bud McFarlane, National Security Advisor to President Reagan, Casper Weinberger, Secretary of Defense, Richard DeLauer, key Department of Defense Scientist, and Paul Nitze, presidential arms control advisor. In the end, Hey correctly points out that there was a great deal of "Bluff, Fear, Confusion, and Hope" associated with SDI. For example he points out how Mikhail Gorbachev told President George H. W. Bush that the United States was not considered the Soviets' enemy. Would SDI have been successful without Gorbachev on the other side? This question will be debated until the end of time, but it is a question whose answer will never be known with certainty.
In summary, the reviewer - an Air Force assignee to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1980 to the end of 1982. -- recommends this book to anyone wanting a more comprehensive understanding of one of the most fascinating programs of the twentieth century. Without a doubt, SDI, or "Star Wars," was a big reason that the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union ended. What makes this book compelling is that Hey lays out the facts clearly and largely from original sources, adding significant new material to the history of the Cold War.
-- R. Samuel Baty
Tony Fitzpatrick, science writer
Author of Signals from the Heartland, Walker and Company, New York
Over the years it became clear that regardless of its technical aspects, it was creating a basic impalance in the Soviet Union and in a way they couldn't compete. They simply didn't have the money, the computer skills, the electronic technology to compete. And if it worked it would remove their Strategic Rocket Forces as a threat. In the end, it was instrumental in the collapse of the Soviet Union.
This is the complete story, told from the standpoint of time of the SDI program. It discusses both the technological aspects, and the political. It's a story not well known, but an extremely important part of our recent history. It ended the Cold War.
Little known, and under different names, reaearch into defense against missiles has continued. Lots of people said that it wouldn't work. The Army persisted and attempted to shoot down missiles over the Pacific Missile Range. They failed, they failed, and again and again. Then they hit one. Then they hit another. It has taken a lot longer than planned. A lot of the very advanced technology hasn't come about. But now we can hit an incoming missile. Research is continuing.
J. Willard Williams, Retired Director of Army Continuing Education
This is a serious book, carefully researched with end notes for each chapter. But it is also very readable and free of jargon.