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The Master Of The Game: Paul Nitze And The Nuclear Peace
The Master Of The Game: Paul Nitze And The Nuclear Peace
By Strobe Talbott
Knopf, 1988, 416 pp.

If Nitze, at the center of American defense policy for half a century, is the master of the game, Talbott is the master of what he calls the "second draft of history." In this instance the game was tedious for all its high politics: for three long years, beginning when he was 78 years old, Nitze drafted and redrafted, named and renamed, argued and reargued schemes to persuade Reagan to have his cake and eat it too by reaching a modest compromise over SDI that would have made possible a major strategic arms reduction with Moscow.