War And Peace In The Nuclear Age

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An overview of the nuclear era examines the confrontations, key decisions, and personalities involved with nuclear policy from the Roosevelt administration to Reagan's presidential terms

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A companion volume to a forthcoming PBS-TV series, this comprehensive review of the nuclear age chronicles the effect of nuclear weapons on relations between allies and potential adversaries. Focusing largely on the American presidency, the author argues that Eisenhower was the most astute of the nuclear-age presidents on security matters, that Reagan and Gorbachev almost achieved "the magic moment" of superpower nuclear disarmament in their Reykjavik summit. Newhouse ( The Sporty Game ) analyzes the weak link in the U.S. command and control system, showing how control of nuclear weapons has been diffused through the senior echelons of the military command. The reflexive paranoia that has characterized Soviet leadership since Stalin is being "effaced" by Gorbachev, predicts the author, and the bilateral relationship currently being worked out "should be as important as arms control itself." 50,000 first printing.
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This companion to a public television series with the same title by New Yorker writer Newhouse is a history of nuclear diplomacy, from the origins of the Manhattan Project to 1988. The bipolar relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union forms the core of the discussion. He gives considerable attention to intra-U.S. political struggles affecting nuclear armaments and, where information is available, he parallels conflict within the Kremlin. The narrative, although buttressed with notes, is written for a popular audience. The author has made some errors, albeit harmless ones. In treating the successive U.S. administrations, the author is evenhanded and nonpartisan, but he does level some strong, well-reasoned criticisms of presidents. Recommended. Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor
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