Arsenals of Folly

Arsenals of Folly

by Richard Rhodes
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Arsenals of Folly by Richard Rhodes

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307267863
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 552,125
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twentytwo books, including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in History. He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television's Frontline and American Experience series. An affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, he lectures frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad.


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This is an important book for every world citizen by one of our greatest non fiction authors. It relates how tragic flaws prevented what might have been the greatest achievement of modern civilization: the elimination of nuclear weapons. Both Reagan and Gorbachev sincerely wanted it to happen. Alas, it was derailed by Reagan's bizarre fixation on Star Wars and Richard Perle's constant (and ultimately successful) sabotage attempts. Especially in light of the latter's role in our more recent American tragedy, this account implicitly conveys many useful messages for today.
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