Claiming the Heavens: The New York Times Complete Guide to the Star Wars Debate

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Strategic Defense Initiative, to many, is an impossibly complex and confusing issue. This useful and timely book, an expanded version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning series that ran in the New York Times in March 1985, is an objective survey of Star Wars, in which basic questions are asked and either answered or intelligently speculated upon. How did the program originate? Is it merely a new wrinkle on the old Mutually Assured Destruction policy? Will it stabilize or destabilize world peace? How will it work? What could go wrong? What is the Soviet reaction, and why? Does the program have enough political appeal to survive the departure of President Reagan, its strongest booster? The five authors discuss the impact of Star Wars on arms control and provide a forum for the views of advocates and skeptics alike. (February 18)
Library Journal
The Strategic Defense Initiative Star Warshas received tremendous press since President Reagan's 1983 announcement of a plan to make nuclear missiles obsolete. The New York Times generated a Pulitzer Prize-winning series in 1985. This guide is an expanded version of that material. Although there is overlap with five contributors writing several chapters each, the guide provides new insights, documenting Soviet countermeasures and concerns of our European allies. SDI research continues to be exaggerated, and computer software is still a limitation. But the critical question remains: Can a technological fix be applied to a dilemma requiring a political solution? Recommended. Dennis Felbel, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg
School Library Journal
YA Students of U.S. politics in the Reagan era, the U.S./USSR arms race and arms control treaties, and those interested in Star Wars or SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) technology will appreciate this title which consolidates summaries of the history of Star Wars and Reagan, the arguments for and against the technology, and analyses by noted New York Times reporters of the NATO allies' reactions to the proposal in one reference. The glossary of acronyms and terms, and the detailed index make this a useful resource for term papers for some years to come. It lacks a scientist's explanation of the technology, but that is unnecessary to an understanding of the politics. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812916478
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/12/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 304

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