Averting Doomsday: Arms Control During the Nixon Presidency (Miller Center Studies on the Presidency) (Hardcover)

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Averting Doomsday: Arms Control During the Nixon Presidency (Miller Center Studies on the Presidency) (Hardcover)

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In the controversial legacy of the Nixon presidency, the administration's effort to curb and control the spread of the world's weapons of mass destruction is often overlooked. And yet by the time President Nixon left office under the cloud of the Watergate scandal, his actions on this front had surpassed those of all his predecessors combined and laid the foundations of WMD arms control and nonproliferation policies that persist to this day.

In Averting Doomsday, Patrick Garrity and Erin Mahan explore and assess Nixon's record, addressing not only nuclear but also biological and chemical weapons. Drawing substantially on presidential recordings and other primary sources not widely consulted, the authors shed new light on milestones such as the first SALT agreement on strategic nuclear weapons and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, as well as the renunciation of US offensive biological weapons and a Seabed treaty. The WMD-control landscape had accumulated many divergent visions and interests over time--technical, diplomatic, domestic political, and utopian. The Nixon administration had to adjust to and build on this eclectic foundation, creating a new layer of policies to deal with WMD that substantially set the course--and perhaps limited the options--for future administrations in ways that are still with us.

Miller Center Studies on the Presidency

Patrick J. Garrity is Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs and author of In Search of Monsters to Destroy? American Foreign Policy, Revolution, and Regime Change, 1776-1900. Erin R. Mahan is Chief Historian at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and author of Kennedy, De Gaulle, and Western Europe.
Product Details ISBN: 9780813946696
ISBN-10: 0813946697
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: December 30th, 2021
Pages: 294
Language: English
Series: Miller Center Studies on the Presidency