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Book Title: Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race|
Date of issue: May 22nd 2009
ISBN 13: 9781847371188
The author of the book: Richard Rhodes
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.62 MB
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Read full description of the books Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race:Rhodes offers a compelling, authoritative and often depressing account of the Cold War nuclear arms race. He challenges the prevailing American view that increased U.S. defense spending, along with SDI, drove the Soviets to the bargaining table. Rather, Gorbachev had long understood that the Soviet economy could not sustain the nation's outsized defense budget.
Rhodes does give Ronald Reagan credit for his determination to eliminate nuclear weapons, and notes that Reagan was haunted by the prospect of nuclear war. He signed the historic INF treaty with Gorbachev in spite of the the cabal of neoconservatives who surrounded him -- the same people who would lead us into war in Iraq.
The author also tries to give an accounting of what the nuclear arms race cost the U.S. While trillions of dollars were spent on unnecessary weapons systems, the nation's infrastructure and social safety net has gradually decayed. The Soviets, in other words, were not the only ones bankrupted by the Cold War.
Read information about the authorRichard Lee Rhodes is an American journalist, historian, and author of both fiction and non-fiction (which he prefers to call "verity"), including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1986), and most recently, Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race (2007). He has been awarded grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation among others.
He is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He also frequently gives lectures and talks on a broad range of subjects to various audiences, including testifying before the U.S. Senate on nuclear energy.
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