Most people think Star Wars began with the ideas of Ronald Reagan, but its roots reach decades further back. In this first scholarly account of the origins of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), historian Don Baucom traces these roots back to the dawn of the missile age in 1944. He finds SDI emerging after a period of nearly 40 years from forces generated by technological developments, changing strategic conditions, and the collapse of the SALT arms control negotiations of the 1970s. These forces converged in the early 1980s on a President Reagan who came to office determined to use missile defences to end the nation's dependence on the concept of mutual assured destruction. He soon found that his revulsion with MAD was matched by a growing uneasiness with offensive nuclear deterrence among the American people. "The Origins of SDI" is not an evaluation of the Star Wars programme. Instead, it is both the history of a policy and a case study of a presidential decision. Baucom bases his conclusions on historical research as well as interviews with participants in the decision-making proces. As a result, he provides both the broad historical context for the emergence of the Star Wars program and an insider's account, unique in its level of detail, of presidential decision making and the search for consensus.
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"This book is more than just an analysis of the events leading up to President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. It is a remarkably well-informed and clearly written account of ballistic missile defense in the whole post-war period. I think anyone interested in the history of American nuclear weapons policy will find this book very much worth reading."--Marc Trachtenberg, author of History and Strategy
"Baucom has done some real spade work and has come up with the most thorough and most accurate version of events that I've seen-or the closest we are likely to get for some time."--Gregg Herken, author of The Counsels of War and The Winning Weapon: The Atomic Bomb in the Cold War
"This work will take its place as a standard and important reference work in the field."--Stephen J. Cimbala, author of The Technology, Strategy, and Politics of SDIAbout the Author:
Lieutenant Colonel Donald R. Baucom is associate historian for NASA's Space Station History Project. He has taught military history and science, technology, and warfare at the Air Force Academy; served as historian at the Office of Air Force History and the Air War College; and directed the Airpower Research Institute.
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Descrizione libro Univ Pr of Kansas, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110700605312
Descrizione libro Univ Pr of Kansas, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0700605312
Descrizione libro Univ Pr of Kansas, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0700605312