I’m not even done reading Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race yet, but it looks like Richard Rhodes has hit another home run. I was totally blown away, so to speak, by the chapter “Looking Over The Horizon” last night. It’s a minute-by-minute account of the Reykjavic summit of 1986, when the principals came within one word of agreeing to eliminate all of the US and Soviet nukes.
I was breathless by the time the chapter ended, even though I obviously know how it turned out. A really outstanding piece of non-fiction writing that rivals or surpasses the best that John LeCarre could come up with.
Maybe more on this after I finish reading it. By the way, if you’ve never read Rhodes’ “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” go out and get it. I thought it was good enough to read twice.