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The dead hand : Reagan, Gorbachev and the untold story of the Cold War arms race

Author: David E Hoffman
Publisher: Crows Nest N.S.W. : Icon Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Ronald Reagan; Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David E Hoffman
ISBN: 9781848312302 184831230X 0385524374 9780385524377
OCLC Number: 709938461
Awards: Pulitzer Prize 2010 (nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category)
Description: [x], 577 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.
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.
Responsibility: David E. Hoffman.

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Offers an account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close. Drawing on memoirs, interviews in both Russia and the US, and classified documents from deep inside the Kremlin, the author  Read more...

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'A stunning feat of research and narrative. Terrifying.' -- John le Carre "The Dead Hand' is a brilliant work of history, a richly detailed, gripping tale that takes us inside the Cold war arms race Read more...

 
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