AUTHORCortright, David
TITLEPeace Works: The Citizen's Role in Ending the Cold War
PUBLISHERWestview Press
CITYBoulder, CO

This book argues that during the 1980s the grassroots peace movement in the United States for the halt of the nuclear arms race created political pressure that led to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987; that treaty was the first step in ending the Cold War. The author, David Cortright, is a lifelong peace activist. He states that the peace movement of the 1980s demonstrates that peace is attainable through political pressure of citizens, as opposed to military strength. The book examines various groups that applied political pressure, such as churches, the nuclear freeze movement, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the media. It details how the peace movement and the changed political climate influenced President Reagan's decisions. The book explores the specific campaigns against the MX missile, the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and nuclear testing. It also discusses the West European peace movement, the impact of the peace movement on perestroika and the Soviet Union, and on U.S. policy in Central America. A chronology of events is included.

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