AUTHORNewhouse, John
TITLECold Dawn: The Story of SALT
PUBLISHERHolt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY

This book presents an account of the first phase of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) between the United States and the former Soviet Union, based on information gleaned from those directly involved. Author and arms control expert John Newhouse interviewed high-level government sources to furnish details of the many negotiations leading up to the final SALT agreement. Starting with an overview of the intricacies of the agreement and the motivations driving the negotiations, Newhouse then chronicles the development and procurement of various nuclear weapons and anti-ballistic missile (ABM) technologies by the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. He details the buildup of the countries’ respective nuclear and ABM arsenals and the rationale behind it. As Newhouse outlines the different weaponry that each country possesses, he discusses the individual weapons’ roles in SALT. According to Newhouse, a chief concern of the final SALT agreement was the problem of verification: how the two countries were supposed to independently verify each other’s adherence to the terms of the agreement by national technical means (NTM). Written before SALT II (the second phase of strategic arms limitations talks), the text, though dated, provides insight into the nature of the opening treaty. The book contains an appendix with a complete English text of the treaty and supplementary agreements signed at the conclusion of SALT, as well as endnotes.

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