WAY OUT THERE
Professor Roger W. Barnett's critique of Frances FitzGerald's book, Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War, is long on indignation but short on substance. Dr. Barnett certainly is correct to suspect the arms control bias that informs FitzGerald's book. Yet his own critique suffers from a pro-missile defense bias that distorts his analysis of an extremely important, if ultimately inadequate, research effort.
For example, FitzGerald does not assert that Ronald Reagan's administration "got it wrong, at every step, all of the time." Rather, FitzGerald claims that the administration began getting it right in the …