AUTHORZaloga, Steven J.
TITLETarget America: The Soviet Union and the Strategic Arms Race, 1945-1964
CITYNovato, CA

This book examines the development of Soviet strategic nuclear forces from the end of World War II to 1964. Organized chronologically, it describes how the Soviets' strategic nuclear weapons program helped it become a superpower. Looking closely at the roles of weapons designers and technological change, the author carefully reviews Soviet decision-making on major strategic weapons systems. The book illuminates the importance of espionage in acquiring Western nuclear technology, as well as the dynamics of the arms race, including decisions that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. It is based on declassified U.S. intelligence reports as well as memoirs, articles and documents from the former Soviet Union.

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