AUTHORAdelman, Kenneth L.
TITLEThe Great Universal Embrace: Arms Summitry—A Skeptic's Account
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY

This book presents an insider's view of the summit meetings on arms controls during the 1980s. It covers the Reykjavik Summit, the reopening of arms talks in Geneva, the Geneva Summit, the Washington Summit, and the demise of SALT II. The author, Kenneth Adelman, who was President Ronald Reagan’s arms control and disarmament advisor (ACDA), states that arms control has been a failure, and the trend of arms control talks will not lead to a more stable world. The author claims that the proposal of Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev for complete nuclear disarmament, or even that of just eliminating ballistic missiles, would have been a disaster for the United States. He argues that arms control negotiations and treaties actually lead to an increase in nuclear arms. In his concluding chapter, the author presents a three-pronged approach to creating a safer world. That includes the deployment of a Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) system, better diplomacy, and a new approach to arms control that would not be dependent on formal negotiations. This is an unusual arms control book by one of the few ACDA directors who did not favor arms control, and who was an important witness to events during the Reagan presidency.

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