The Star Wars Enigma: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War Race For Missile Defense by Nigel HeyThe Star Wars Enigma: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War Race For Missile Defense by Nigel Hey

The Star Wars Enigma: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War Race For Missile Defense

byNigel Hey

Hardcover | August 30, 2006

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The year 1982 was a desperate time for the U.S. defense community. The United States had no effective system to protect itself completely from a Soviet attack with nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles, which the Soviet Union possessed in large quantity, and the doomsday philosophy of mutually assured destruction seemed inescapable. But people in the Reagan administration, including Reagan himself, were not content with what they viewed as a morally unacceptable status quo. Then Adm. James Watkins, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asked, ?Wouldn?t it be better if we could develop a system that would protect, rather than avenge, our people?? With that, the president?s commitment to the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) became certain. Ultimately, SDI reflected Western political idealism, a powerful ingredient in the struggle to finally conquer the terrors of the Cold War and to allay the threat of nuclear holocaust. The Star Wars Enigma tells this dramatic story.
, and working for United Press International. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Title:The Star Wars Enigma: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War Race For Missile DefenseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 30, 2006Publisher:Potomac BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781574889819

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"After a fifty-year struggle under a nuclear sword of Damocles, Western civilization triumphed over the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War. In the most rigorous scholarship yet to appear on this climactic period of history, Nigel Hey defines the critical role played in this historic victory by President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. THE STAR WARS ENIGMA traces the origin, the proponents and opponents, and the drama that accompanied the overturning of forty years of American defense strategy, and in so doing, removed the threat of an East-West nuclear holocaust." --Robert C. McFarlane, national security advisor to President Ronald Reagan, 1983-1985