AUTHORPowaski, Ronald E.
TITLEReturn to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1981-1999
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

This book is a history of technological and diplomatic progress in the nuclear arms race in the U.S. presidential administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. The introductory chapter provides relevant background information, including the rise of the military-industrial complex after World War II and the debate over weapons delivery systems. Of the subsequent six chapters, two are devoted to the diplomatic and technological developments in each of the three administrations. The author, Ronald Powaski, focuses on diplomacy between the United States and the Soviet Union: the abandonment of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) by Reagan, the Geneva Summit in 1985, the Reykjavik Summit in 1986, the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START I & II) and the continuing negotiations concerning the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. Also discussed are Reagan's nuclear buildup and Clinton’s counterproliferation efforts, particularly in the Middle East and Asia. The book is a sequel to Powaski’s earlier work, March to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1939-1986.

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