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

Zaloga, Steven J.

Published by Smithsonian Books, 2002
ISBN 10: 1588340074 / ISBN 13: 9781588340078
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Title: The Kremlin's Nuclear Sword: The Rise and ...

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing.


Hardcover with dustjacket, first printing as indicated by the publisher's "1" in the number line on copyright page, book is flawless, jacket is clean and attractive, moderate rubbing to the glossy surface is the only flaw, a professional (removable) mylar cover is included, "examines how the Soviet aerospace industry shaped many of the key defense decisions during the Cold War," illustrated throughout, includes technical data ; 196 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 038975

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Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: Steven Zaloga is a senior analyst for Teal Group Corp., an aerospace consulting firm. He also serves as an adjunct staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is the author of numerous books and articles on military technology and military history.

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