March to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1939 to the Present
Oxford University Press, 1987 - 300 pages
There have been scientific studies of the nuclear arms race, and there have been political exposes -- yet no book until now has given the general reader a complete and accessible history of the events, forces and factors that have brought the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust. In this revealing account, Ronald Powaski examines two basic questions: What keeps the nuclear arms race going and why is it so difficult to end?
Starting with the opening days of World War II, when Roosevelt gave the go-ahead for the secret development of the atom bomb, the famous Manhattan Project, Powaski traces the unfolding arms race up to the current day. He takes us through Truman's decision to use the bomb against Japan in 1945, the Cold War era and the missile crisis of Kennedy's administration, to the detente years of the seventies and the defense and arms control policies of Ronald Reagan, including "Star Wars" and START (the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks).
As Powaski explains, both the United States and the Soviet Union now have a combined total of almost 50,000 nuclear weapons. Nuclear arms treaties and agreements are threatening to collapse, he argues, while the proliferation of nuclear materials and weapons throughout the world has given many countries the capability to produce nuclear weapons. Emphasizing the role of the United States, Powaski shows how one president after another has promised to do his utmost to end the nuclear weapons competition, yet each one has actually increased the quantity or quality of these weapons in the American arsenal. March to Armageddon reveals this startling discrepancy between presidential words and actions.
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In his inaugural address, President Jimmy Carter announced that his ultimate
goal was the "elimination of all nuclear weapons" from the face of the earth. Nine
months later, he told the U.N. General Assembly that the United States was
primarily as a great peacemaker, with Woodrow Wilson as his model. But
Brzezinski cautioned Carter: "You first have to be a Truman before you are a
Wilson." He stressed that it was necessary first "to revive global respect for
American power, ...
One of the initial and major difficulties which confronted the negotiators was the
size of the reductions in the Vladivostok ceilings desired by the United States.
The Carter administration was now prepared to accept a smaller reduction in the
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