The Dead Hand

The Dead Hand

The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy

Book - 2009
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During the Cold War, 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. This, the first full account of how the arms race finally ended, 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009, 2010
Edition: 1st Anchor Books edition
ISBN: 9780307387844
0307387844
9780385524377
0385524374
Branch Call Number: 909.82 Hoffman
Characteristics: viii, 577 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 20 cm

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Bill_L
Sep 18, 2016

Excellent history of the Cold War from the perspective of reducing the threat of nukes and other weapons of mass destruction. Full of insights and intriguing mini-stories about the characters and events involved. Unfortunately, Armageddon still looms.

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Myusernamenotyours
Feb 13, 2014

Amazing book. A must-read for any American. Read it and realize the Soviets are now the Russians. And that our world is a lot less safe than most people realize. Amazing book.

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LeeJames
Jun 20, 2010

Fascinating for those who lived through the cold was and attempted to figure out what was really going on. This book largely tells us.

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