AUTHORSmith, Gerard
TITLEDoubletalk: The Story of the First Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
PUBLISHERDoubleday & Company, Inc.
CITYGarden City, NY

This book provides an in-depth, personal account of the complex diplomacy that led to the signing of the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) by U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev on May 26, 1972. Written by the leader of the U.S. delegation that negotiated the treaty from 1969 to 1972, Gerald C. Smith, the book is a seminal contribution to the history of arms control. The book highlights the conflicts within the Nixon administration and describes the dual negotiations that Gerald C. Smith carried out: one set of talks with the Soviets; the other with Henry Kissinger. Ironically, the Soviets were the easier ones to deal with. The treaty was designed to reduce the risk of nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and it addressed issues surrounding nuclear weapons, delivery systems, and communications involving potential accidental or unauthorized deployment. Several appendices and a glossary support the text.

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