The Shield Of Faith: The Hidden Struggle For Strategic Defense; Making Space Defense Work: Must The Superpowers Cooperate

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The Shield Of Faith: The Hidden Struggle For Strategic Defense

By B. Bruce-Briggs
Simon & Schuster, 1988
464 pp. $22.95
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Making Space Defense Work: Must The Superpowers Cooperate

By A. Fenner Milton, M. Scott Davis and John A. Parmentola
Pergamon-Brassey's, 1988
209 pp. $21.95
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Histories of the nuclear age are typically histories of offensive forces, with just enough about defense to demonstrate that it could not upset the ascendancy of the offense. Bruce-Briggs' breezy history reverses the focus, recounting the arguments and bringing to life the arguers in the subterranean debate over strategic defense. For anyone who missed the latest chapter in the debate, Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, Milton et al. offer a readable way to catch up. Done in cooperation with the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies, their book is a primer, not a broadside for SDI.

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