The Kremlin's Nuclear Sword

The Kremlin's Nuclear Sword

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

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Random House, Inc.
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.

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A voluminous writer on arms trading and technology, Zaloga explores the development of the Soviet Union and Russian strategic nuclear forces, focusing primarily on the offensive forces though looking at strategic defensive forces when necessary. The intercontinental ballistic missile being the most important element of the forces, it sits at the center of the study. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002
Description: viii, 296 p. : ill., photos
ISBN: 9781588340078
Branch Call Number: 355.0217 Zal


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