AUTHORNitze, Paul H. / Smith, Ann M. / Rearden, Steven L.
TITLEFrom Hiroshima to Glasnost: At the Center of Decision
PUBLISHERGrove Weidenfeld
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1989
ISBN1-55584-110-4


In this memoir, Paul Nitze recalls his experiences during his lengthy career in the center of U.S. policy making from the Great Depression to the end of the Cold War. It offers insight into the individuals responsible for much of U.S. foreign and domestic policy for more than half a century. The book is divided into four sections based on Nitze’s extensive government experience. The first part explores World War II and the immediate postwar years, including the decision to develop the hydrogen bomb. The second part concerns military strategy during the administration of U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and nuclear weapons development. The third part examines the turbulent 1960s, with attention to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. In the final part, The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) are discussed. Nitze, a dominant personality and active in U.S. national security for many years, presents an insider's viewpoint on the crises, negotiations, and triumphs that characterized postwar foreign policy as well as shedding light on the various personalities that shaped U.S. courses of action. Portions of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty are provided in an annex, along with the author's interpretation.


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