Behind the scenes during the nuclear arms race—a Soviet insider’s perspectiveVitaly Katayev witnessed the dawn of the age of nuclear-armed missiles as a designer. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he became deeply involved in government oversight of arms development and, later, disarmament. In this extraordinary memoir he offers a firsthand look at Soviet decisions and calculations during the Cold War. From his inside perspective, he captures the drama of the Soviet system at first racing forward, then reversing course as Gorbachev comes to power and begins the process of negotiating arms control agreements with President Reagan.Katayev reveals how misunderstandings of both sides were a symptom of the deepest chasm of the Cold War: Soviet leaders were often hobbled by a poor understanding of what was happening in the United States, and Americans had a weak grasp of what was happening in Moscow. He tells how the defense industry establishment, often at odds with the unformed military, drove the development of Soviet weapons, as he takes the reader on a journey through this most important and often-overlooked archipelago of launching pads, design bureaus, factories and policy-making offices.
A Memoir of the Missile Age
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