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The dead hand

Reagan, Gorbachev and the untold story of the Cold War arms race

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This edition was published in by Icon Books in London.

Written in English

577 pages

This is a full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close. The narrative history sheds light on the people who struggled to end this era of massive overkill, and examines the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today.

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The dead hand: the untold story of the Cold War arms race and its dangerous legacy
2010, Anchor Books
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2009, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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The dead hand

First published in 2009



Work Description

This riveting narrative history of the end of the arms race sheds new light on the frightening last chapters of the Cold War and the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today. During the Cold War, world superpowers amassed nuclear arsenals containing the explosive power of one million Hiroshimas. The Soviet Union secretly plotted to create the "Dead Hand," a system designed to launch an automatic retaliatory nuclear strike on the United States, and developed a fearsome biological warfare machine. President Ronald Reagan, hoping to awe the Soviets into submission, pushed hard for the creation of space-based missile defenses.In the first full account of how the arms race finally ended, The Dead Hand provides an unprecedented look at the inner motives and secret decisions of each side. Drawing on top-secret documents from deep inside the Kremlin, memoirs, and interviews in both Russia and the United States, David Hoffman introduces the scientists, soldiers, diplomats, and spies who saw the world sliding toward disaster and tells the gripping story of how Reagan, Gorbachev, and many others struggled to bring the madness to an end. When the Soviet Union dissolved, the danger continued, and the United States began a race against time to keep nuclear and biological weapons out of the hands of terrorists and and rogue states.From the Hardcover edition.

The dead hand

Reagan, Gorbachev and the untold story of the Cold War arms race

This edition was published in by Icon Books in London.


Edition Description

This is a full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close. The narrative history sheds light on the people who struggled to end this era of massive overkill, and examines the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today.

Table of Contents

At the precipice
War games
War scare
The germ nightmare
The anthrax factory
The dead hand
Morning again in America
"We can't go on living like this"
Year of the spy
Of swords and shields
The road to Reykjavik
Farewell to arms
Germs, gas and secrets
The lost year
The greatest breakthrough
The year of living dangerously
A great unraveling
The scientists
Revelations
Yeltsin's promise
Project sapphire
Face to face with evil.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 491-553) and index.

Pulitzer Prize 2010 (nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category)

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
909.825
Library of Congress
U264 .H645 2011, U264 .H645 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination
577 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Number of pages
577

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL27876820M
Internet Archive
deadhandreagango0000hoff
ISBN 10
184831230X, 1848312997, 0385524374, 1848312539
ISBN 13
9781848312302, 9781848312999, 9780385524377, 9781848312531
LC Control Number
2009016751
OCLC/WorldCat
692286900

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