Building on a wealth of newly available sources, Ralph L. Dietl has produced an analysis of the Cold War endgame that places the Strategic Defense Initiative within the context of both superpower relations and relations within the Atlantic Alliance. With a combination of analytic clarity and intellectual creativity, Dietl helps us understand the significance of SDI as both a factor in the arms control debates of the 1980s and as a catalyst for broader Soviet-American efforts at creating a stable bipolar balance. This study will be of great value to anyone interested in the Reagan-Gorbachev Era and to all students of arms control.
Ralph L. Dietl has written a most comprehensive account of how President Reagan’s vision of a nuclear-free world impacted NATO. By using archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Dietl has crafted a new and provocative narrative on the end of the Cold War in Europe.