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The Resource Way out there in the blue : Reagan, Star Wars, and the end of the Cold War, Frances FitzGerald

Way out there in the blue : Reagan, Star Wars, and the end of the Cold War, Frances FitzGerald

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Way out there in the blue : Reagan, Star Wars, and the end of the Cold War
Title
Way out there in the blue
Title remainder
Reagan, Star Wars, and the end of the Cold War
Statement of responsibility
Frances FitzGerald
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Using the Star Wars missile defense program as a magnifying glass on his presidency, Frances FitzGerald gives us a wholly original portrait of Ronald Reagan, the most puzzling president of the last half of the twentieth century." "The idea that America should have an impregnable shield against nuclear weapons was Reagan's invention. His famous Star Wars speech, in which he promised us such a shield and called upon scientists to produce it, gave rise to the Strategic Defense Initiative. Reagan used his sure understanding of American mythology, history and politics to persuade the country that a perfect defense against Soviet nuclear weapons would be possible, even though the technology did not exist and was not remotely feasible. His idea turned into a multi-billion-dollar research program. SDI played a central role in U.S.-Soviet relations at a crucial juncture in the Cold War, and in a different form it survives to this day." "Drawing on research, including interviews with the participants, FitzGerald offers new insights into American foreign policy in the Reagan era. She gives us portraits of major players in Reagan's administration, including George Shultz, Caspar Weinberger, Donald Regan and Paul Nitze, and she provides a radically new view of what happened at the Reagan-Gorbachev summits in Geneva, Reykjavik, Washington and Moscow."--Jacket
  • "Using the Star Wars missile defense program as a magnifying glass on his presidency, Frances FitzGerald gives us a wholly original portrait of Ronald Reagan, the most puzzling president of the last half of the twentieth century." "The idea that America should have an impregnable shield against nuclear weapons was Reagan's invention. His famous Star Wars speech, in which he promised us such a shield and called upon scientists to produce it, gave rise to the Strategic Defense Initiative. Reagan used his sure understanding of American mythology, history and politics to persuade the country that a perfect defense against Soviet nuclear weapons would be possible, even though the technology did not exist and was not remotely feasible. His idea turned into a multi-billion-dollar research program. SDI played a central role in U.S.-Soviet relations at a crucial juncture in the Cold War, and in a different form it survives to this day." "Drawing on research, including interviews with the participants, FitzGerald offers new insights into American foreign policy in the Reagan era. She gives us portraits of major players in Reagan's administration, including George Shultz, Caspar Weinberger, Donald Regan and Paul Nitze, and she provides a radically new view of what happened at the Reagan-Gorbachev summits in Geneva, Reykjavik, Washington and Moscow."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1940-
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FitzGerald, Frances
Dewey number
973.927/092
Index
index present
LC call number
E876
LC item number
.F58 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nuclear arms control
  • Cold War
  • Strategic Defense Initiative
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
Label
Way out there in the blue : Reagan, Star Wars, and the end of the Cold War, Frances FitzGerald
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [566]-573) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • To the Star Wars Speech
  • 6.
  • Selling the Strategic Defense Initiative
  • 7.
  • Hard-Liners vs. Pragmatists
  • 8.
  • What Happened at Reykjavik?
  • 9.
  • Falling Stars
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Reagan and Gorbachev
  • 11.
  • The End of the Cold War
  • Afterword: National Missile Defenses, 1989-99
  • The American Everyman
  • 2.
  • The Making of an Orator
  • 3.
  • Doubling the Volume
  • 4.
  • Space Defense Enthusiasts
Control code
42935776
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
592 pages
Isbn
9780684844169
Lccn
99059913
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Way out there in the blue : Reagan, Star Wars, and the end of the Cold War, Frances FitzGerald
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [566]-573) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • To the Star Wars Speech
  • 6.
  • Selling the Strategic Defense Initiative
  • 7.
  • Hard-Liners vs. Pragmatists
  • 8.
  • What Happened at Reykjavik?
  • 9.
  • Falling Stars
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Reagan and Gorbachev
  • 11.
  • The End of the Cold War
  • Afterword: National Missile Defenses, 1989-99
  • The American Everyman
  • 2.
  • The Making of an Orator
  • 3.
  • Doubling the Volume
  • 4.
  • Space Defense Enthusiasts
Control code
42935776
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
592 pages
Isbn
9780684844169
Lccn
99059913
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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