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From the Publisher". . . .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“A book that contains a wealth of previously unpublished information, including new insights into the secretive Soviet space defense program."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."