March to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1939 to the Present

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Oxford University Press, 18 juin 1987 - 318 pages
Ronald E. Powaski offers the first complete, accessible history of the events, forces, and factors that have brought the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust. He traces the evolution of the nuclear arms race from FDR's decision to develop an atomic bomb to Reagan's decision to continue its expansion in the 1980's. Focusing on the forces that have propelled the arms race and the reasons behind the repeated failures to check the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Powaski discusses such topics as the Manhattan Project, the decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima, the debate over whether to share atomic information, the effect of nuclear weapons on U.S. military and foreign policy, and the role of these weapons in arms control negotiations in the last five presidential administrations.

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1 Roosevelt and the Manhattan Project 19391945
3
2 Truman Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945
12
3 Truman and International Control of the Atom 19451947
29
4 Truman the Cold War and the Hydrogen Bomb 19471952
46
5 Eisenhower and Massive Retaliation 19531961
60
6 Eisenhower and Nuclear Arms Control 19531961
74
7 Kennedy Nuclear Weapons and the Limited Test Ban Treaty 19611963
93
8 Johnson Nuclear Weapons and the Pursuit of SALT 19631969
113
11 Carter and SALT II 19771981
162
12 Reagan and the Rearmament of America 19811983
184
13 Reagan and Nuclear Arms Talks 1981 to the Present
197
Conclusion
222
Glossary of Acronyms and Technical Terms
233
Notes
237
Suggested Readings
275
Index
283

9 Nixon and SALT I 19691972
127
10 Nixon Ford and the Decline of Détente 19721977
146

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Ronald E. Powaski teaches history at John Carroll University and Euclid Senior High School in Euclid, Ohio.

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