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The Soviet Union and the Arms Race

The Soviet Union and the Arms Race

By David Holloway

Yale University Press, 1983, 208 pp.

This book stands above many other works on Soviet defense policy and attitudes toward arms control because of its lucidity, balance and depth. The author, at the University of Edinburgh, does not look at Moscow through a pink prism. He recognizes the political and historical impulses which guide Soviet policy toward achieving full superpower recognition and a high defense capacity, but he also believes that further arms control is both desirable and achievable. Like the West, notes Holloway, the Soviet Union does not have satisfactory answers to the problems posed by nuclear weapons.