The Dead Hand

The Dead Hand

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

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The first full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close, this riveting narrative history sheds new 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.
 
Drawing on memoirs, interviews in both Russia and the US, and classified documents from deep inside the Kremlin, David E. Hoffman examines the inner motives and secret decisions of each side and details the deadly stockpiles that remained unsecured as the Soviet Union collapsed. This is the fascinating story of how Reagan, Gorbachev, and a previously unheralded collection of scientists, soldiers, diplomats, and spies changed the course of history.



Baker & Taylor
A history of the end of the arms race describes the Soviet Union's development of an automatic retaliatory attack system, the United States's efforts to create space-based missile defenses, and the struggle to prevent nuclear weapons from being acquired by terrorists.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780307387844
0307387844
Branch Call Number: 909.825 HOF
Characteristics: viii, 577 p. :,ill., map ;,21 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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KBesserman
Jun 11, 2015

Intriguing story of the remnants of the Cold War.

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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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