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The Kremlin's Nuclear Sword: The Rise and Fall of Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces, 1945-2000 Hardcover – May 2002


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588340074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588340078
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Much has been written about the cold war and the nuclear arms race from the western side. In this book, previously hidden behind a wall of secrecy you'll get the story from the Soviet side. The book is written by Stephen Zaloga a well known authority & author on the soviet armed forces and their equipment.
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Superb History of Soviet/Russian Weapons System 11 Feb 2003
By H. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Zaloga has done a masterful job of describing the internal politics that kept the Soviet program from achieving maximum efficiency in their arms race with the USA. Still, one has to admire the dogged determination the Soviets showed in this pursuit. He also updates the reader on the decrepit state of the post-Soviet arsenal today. That is even scarier than the past flirtation with Armageddon.
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Excellent! 11 Jan 2004
By DaveH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Steve Zaloga does an amazing job discussing a very diverse subject that covers the entire Cold War period between the US and USSR. He not only describes the Kremlin's nuclear weapons technology, but he delivers a history of the politics that inspired the development and deployment of the weapons. Zaloga's style is smooth and keeps the reader interested in the topic, and he manages to keep the reader from being bored while covering the often-times mundane details. I would highly recommend this book for use withing a graduate level history course.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding insight into the soviet nuclear war machine 21 Sep 2008
By Haubrechts Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book very easy to read and a well taught history of the soviet military nuclear power.
It describes the rise and fall of all the aspects of the soviet nuclear war machine, from the bomb itself, to the various delivery systems. It offers an outstanding insights into the decision making process of the soviet state machine.

It also describes the way soviets incorporated the post war german rocket engineering, to compare with american way (paperclip operation).

An excellent choice is the use of the soviet naming conventions and numbering. It also examines the SALT treaties and their genesis. The book is full of tables, pictures and easy data presentation. A lot of well documented tables are found in appendixes .

Worth buying and reading.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Who the heck is Chelomei?!?! 17 Nov 2008
By J. Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Before I read this book (for a space history class at UND), I had only heard of Sergei Korolev and his work on the R-7 and Sputnik. My knowledge of the competing ICBMs was limited at best... but Mr. Zaloga's book widened my horizons immensely.

Anyone interested in the significant threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and the weapons still aimed at the United States by the Russian Federation should read this book. Its written in a interesting way - not too historical, not too technical - from a very knowledgable source.

Kudos to Mr. Zaloga! (thanks for explaining who Chelomei was... ;-)
Great reference 25 Nov 2013
By Bystander - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book for historians trying to understand the Cold War arms race and, more importantly, the motivation and rationale of the Soviet side.
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