The dead hand : the untold story of the Cold War arms race and its dangerous legacy / David E. Hoffman

Author(s): Hoffman, David E. (David Emanuel)
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Subjects: Arms race--History--20th century
Nuclear disarmament--History--20th century
Cold War
Cold War--Influence
United States--Foreign relations--Soviet Union
Soviet Union--Foreign relations--United States
Reagan, Ronald--Political and social views
Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1931---Political and social views
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York : Doubleday, c2009
LC Classification: U
Physical Description: viii, 577 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Table of Contents: Map
Prologue 1
Introduction 13
1. At the Precipice 27
2. War Games 60
3. War Scare 72
4. The Germ Nightmare 101
5. The Anthrax Factory 127
6. The Dead Hand 143
7. Morning Again in America 155
8. "We Can't Go On Living Like This" 167
9. Year of the SPY 189
10. Of Swords and Shields 204
11. The Road to Reykjavik 235
12. Farewell to Arms 269
13. Germs, Gas and Secrets 296
14. The Lost Year 312
15. The Greatest Breakthrough 327
16. The Year of Living Dangerously 358
17. A Great Unraveling 379
18. The Scientists 401
19. Revelations 412
20. Yeltsin's Promise 424
21. Project Sapphire 439
22. Face to Face With Evil 459
Epilogue 475
Acknowledgments 485
Abbreviations in Notes 489
Endnotes 491
Index 555
Text and Illustration Permissions 576
Notes: LCCN: 2009016751
ISBN: 9780385524377
ISBN: 0385524374
Includes bibliographical references (p. [491]-553) and index
Summary: 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
OCLC Number: 320432478
ISBN/ISSN: 9780385524377
0385524374