Soviet Union: Battle of the Booklets

Moscow tries for parity in the arms propaganda race

Lavishly illustrated with four-color photographs, vivid maps and authoritative-looking charts, the glossy 78-page booklet could well have been produced on Madison Avenue. Instead it came from Moscow's stolid Military Publishing House. Whence the Threat to Peace is the Soviet Union's rejoinder to the Reagan Administration's slick 99-page analysis, released last September, of Moscow's strategic and conventional arms buildup. Many of the claims made in the Soviet booklet are false, but the production represents a quantum leap in Moscow's mastery of military propaganda.

Whence the Threat aims to show that the U.S. and its...

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