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The Star Wars Enigma: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War Race for Missile Defense

The Star Wars Enigma: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War Race for Missile Defense (Hardback)

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The year 1982 was a desperate time for the U.S. defense community. The United States had no effective system to protect itself completely from a Soviet attack with nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles, which the Soviet Union possessed in large quantity, and the doomsday philosophy of mutually assured destruction seemed inescapable. But people in the Reagan administration, including Reagan himself, were not content with what they viewed as a morally unacceptable status quo. Then Adm. James Watkins, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asked, "Wouldn't it be better if we could develop a system that would protect, rather than avenge, our people?" With that, the president's commitment to the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) became certain. Ultimately, SDI reflected Western political idealism, a powerful ingredient in the struggle to finally conquer the terrors of the Cold War and to allay the threat of nuclear holocaust. The Star Wars Enigma tells this dramatic story.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsThe Cold WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesWeapons & equipmentNuclear weaponsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relations Publisher: Potomac Books Inc Publication Date: 01/08/2006 ISBN-13: 9781574889819  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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NIGEL HEY was a science and technology writer and a senior administrator at Sandia National Laboratories until his retirement in 2001. His long career includes writing four science books, contributing hundreds of articles to such publications as Smithsonian and the London Sunday Times, and working for United Press International. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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