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Arsenals of Folly - The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race-logo

Arsenals of Folly - The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race

Richard Rhodes

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb: the story of the entire postwar superpower arms race, climaxing during the Reagan-Gorbachev decade when the United States and the Soviet Union came within scant hours of nuclear war-and then nearly agreed to abolish nuclear weapons. In a narrative that moves like a thriller, Rhodes sheds light on the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s, as well as the arms-reduction campaign that followed, and Reagan's famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev. Rhodes's detailed exploration of events of this time constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives, demonstrating that the manipulation of government and public opinion with fake intelligence and threat inflation that the administration of George W. Bush has used to justify the current "war on terror" and the disastrous invasion of Iraq were developed and applied in the Reagan era and even before. Drawing on personal interviews with both Soviet and U.S. participants, and on a wealth of new documentation, memoir literature, and oral history that has become available only in the past ten years, Rhodes recounts what actually happened in the final years of the Cold War that led to its dramatic end. The story is new, compelling, and continually surprising-a revelatory re-creation of a hugely important era of our recent history. From the Compact Disc edition.

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb: the story of the entire postwar superpower arms race, climaxing during the Reagan-Gorbachev decade when the United States and the Soviet Union came within scant hours of nuclear war-and then nearly agreed to abolish nuclear weapons. In a narrative that moves like a thriller, Rhodes sheds light on the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s, as well as the arms-reduction campaign that followed, and Reagan's famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev. Rhodes's detailed exploration of events of this time constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives, demonstrating that the manipulation of government and public opinion with fake intelligence and threat inflation that the administration of George W. Bush has used to justify the current "war on terror" and the disastrous invasion of Iraq were developed and applied in the Reagan era and even before. Drawing on personal interviews with both Soviet and U.S. participants, and on a wealth of new documentation, memoir literature, and oral history that has become available only in the past ten years, Rhodes recounts what actually happened in the final years of the Cold War that led to its dramatic end. The story is new, compelling, and continually surprising-a revelatory re-creation of a hugely important era of our recent history. From the Compact Disc edition.
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History

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb: the story of the entire postwar superpower arms race, climaxing during the Reagan-Gorbachev decade when the United States and the Soviet Union came within scant hours of nuclear war-and then nearly agreed to abolish nuclear weapons. In a narrative that moves like a thriller, Rhodes sheds light on the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s, as well as the arms-reduction campaign that followed, and Reagan's famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev. Rhodes's detailed exploration of events of this time constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives, demonstrating that the manipulation of government and public opinion with fake intelligence and threat inflation that the administration of George W. Bush has used to justify the current "war on terror" and the disastrous invasion of Iraq were developed and applied in the Reagan era and even before. Drawing on personal interviews with both Soviet and U.S. participants, and on a wealth of new documentation, memoir literature, and oral history that has become available only in the past ten years, Rhodes recounts what actually happened in the final years of the Cold War that led to its dramatic end. The story is new, compelling, and continually surprising-a revelatory re-creation of a hugely important era of our recent history. From the Compact Disc edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

14h 16m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:16


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:36


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:35


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:58


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:50


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:13


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:52


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:20


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:31


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:24


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:03


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:30


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:11


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:12


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:09


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:31


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:42


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:29


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:11


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:31


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:52


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:37


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:47


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:57


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:00


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:44


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:59


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:30


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:14


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:52


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:14


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:11


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:35


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:13


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:39


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:20


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:02


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:54


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:10


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:36


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:40


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:07


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:22


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:28


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:49


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:38


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:22


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:27


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:39


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:17


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:46


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:58


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:37


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:51


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:26


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

02:59


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:12


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:36


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:24


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:10


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:59


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:48


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:38


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:46


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:47


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:53


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:22


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:12


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:00


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:39


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:08


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:14


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:05


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:21


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:54


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:25


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:04


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:21


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:15


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:54


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:26


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:26


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:21


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:34


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:03


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:31


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

00:22