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Science  21 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5478, pp. 397
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5478.397

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Way Out There in the Blue Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War. Frances FitzGerald. Simon and Schuster, New York, 2000. 592 pp. $30, C$43.50. ISBN 0-684-84416-8.

In this history, Fitzgerald shows how Reagan's political skills created and nurtured a multi-billion-dollar research program to build a perfect shield against Soviet nuclear weapons despite the seemingly critical flaw that the required technology was not remotely feasible.