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The Arsenals of Folly by Richard Rhodes
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Apr 25, 2008

it was ok
Recommended for: International Affairs / Modern History buffs
Read in April, 2008

Arsenals of Folly presents the story of the U.S. – Soviet nuclear arms race, and how and why it took so long to reach disarmament agreements. The book starts with a description of the horrors of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in the mid-80’s ( a soviet style plant with a graphite moderated core and no robust containment building like the U.S. plants have), and how that accident convinced soviet leadership of the dangers of nuclear weapons. It is Rhodes' contention that some familiar names from the current Bush administration, like Richare Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, with their anti-soviet beliefs and fearful advice during their stints of the Reagan administration, may have contributed to lengthening the arms race - contrary to the desires of the soviet leadership, especially Mikhail Gorbachev. Somewhat slow in parts, but still probably of interest to modern world history buffs.
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