The Kremlin's Nuclear Sword

The Rise and Fall of Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces 1945-2000
Author(s): Steven J. Zaloga
Original Publish Date: May 27, 2014
Product Number: EB00216094
Released: May 27, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781588344854
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
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The prevailing Western view of Russia's Cold War strategic nuclear weapons policy is that it resulted from a two-part interplay between the leaders of the Communist Party and the military. Steven J. Zaloga has found that a third contributor-the Russian defense industry-also played a vital role. Drawing from elusive Russian source material and interviews with many proud Russian and Ukrainian engineers, Zaloga presents a definitive account of Russia's strategic forces, who built them, and why. The book is the first in English to refer to the weapons by their actual Soviet names, providing the bedrock for future works. Helpful appendices list U.S., NATO, and other designations, and the illustrations provide clear visual references.

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