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When the Bomb nearly disappeared
on 16 February 2013
As noted by another reviewer the title is misleading. This book is about the serious attempts in the 1980's to consign nuclear weaponry to history. It follows on from Dark Sun, the story of the hydrogen bomb. The book starts with a short but comprehensive biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, and moves on to details his encounters with Ronald Reagan, and their attempts to rid the world of atomic bombs. Looking back from the twenty-first century, it is both sad to see how close they got, and heartening to see that we have never since got as close to nuclear war as in the sixties. Perhaps the most important thing to come from the Reagan-Gorbachev meetings was the acknowledgement that a nuclear war was un-winnable by either side, regardless of first strike-second strike policies. it is clear from Mr Rhodes work that the peace process was hampered,and probably eventually de-railed, by vested interests in the military and in the arms industry.
A fascinating read, perhaps one level down in intensity from his first two books. An exception to that is the opening sequence on the Chernobyl disaster, which was absolutely riveting.