Arsenals of Folly by Richard Rhodes
The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race (Vintage)

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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.

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Richard Rhodes is the author of twenty books, including novels and works of history, journalism and letters. His The Making of the Atomic Bomb won a Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Dark Sun, about the development of the hydrogen bomb, was one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in History. A Kansas native, he has frequently explored American history and biography in articles for national magazines. He lives in Half Moon Bay, California.
Published October 9, 2007 by Vintage. 400 pages
Genres: History, War, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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This is the third volume in a history of nuclear weaponry that began with the award-winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb , but despite its subtitle, this install

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Thus, when a South Korean Boeing 747 passenger jet strayed into Soviet territory in 1983, and the Soviet military shot it down, killing 269 civilians, “some share of the blame for the loss of innocent life,” writes Rhodes, “surely belongs .

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that sounds very much like the arrogant “Yale Graduate “if you did not know , who says Childrens and Internets .

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