Dead Hand: Reagan, Gorbachev and the Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race

Dead Hand: Reagan, Gorbachev and the Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race

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by David E. Hoffman
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9781848312302
Publisher:
Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date:
02/28/2011

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The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even handed but pulls no punches. Hard to put down, theres one terrifying revelation after another in this book. An engaging look at how the Cold War worked and the occasions when it almost became armageddon.
LDAJr More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I consider myself (and all of us) lucky to be alive. I served in the Strategic Air Command in the early 50's when we had B-47 bombers in the air, around the clock ready to drop nuclear bombs on the Soviet Union. My son served with the Berlin Brigade in the early 80's, and with him we saw first-hand the kill-zones separating east and west Berlin and the utter desolation that was East Berlin. Little did I know the madness that was taking place at that time in Soviet Union where, in addition to nuclear arms, the most horrific biological weapons imaginable were being designed and produced. It could only have been the hand of god that kept the United States and the Soviet Union from accidently blowing up the entire world, but if you don't believe this, at least give Ronald Reagan credit for his major role in reversing this madness and ending the cold war. This book is well written - readable - and ought to be read.
kcstrawn More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book on an NPR program talking about a Russian "doomsday machine" that was built during the Cold War... It was interesting to say the least! I ended up buying this book about a week later in order to get additional information for a term paper about the United States' policy of Assured Destruction in a United States Diplomatic History course. It was full of interesting information that I had not known about the Cold War. The book was well written and had me hooked from the introduction. Highly recommended.
Harv_Rickman More than 1 year ago
Hoffman's "The Dead Hand" focuses at the weapons of mass destruction programs in the former Soviet Union, and the resulting state of those systems in the post Soviet era. Of particular interest to me was the project called The Dead Hand, an ultimate weapon that would supposedly launch all of the then USSR's strategic thermonuclear armed missiles to their assigned targets in the countries considered to be their "adversaries." The trigger was supposed to be the destruction of the center of Soviet government, probably by a deliberate first strike. The intervening years have seen many types of weapons systems which could have serious impacts on Russian and other countries populations, not just nuclear issues but chemical and biological concerns as well. Several issues of accidental releases of all types of agents are reported supported by substantial prime source documents as well as first hand experiences and investigations by the author who is a respected, veteran journalist with extensive assignments in Russia over many years. Mr. Hoffman's research depth and breadth are balanced, well presented and compelling. I strongly recommend this work for anyone interested in the topics presented or the historical period under examination. This work is among the first of its kind focused on the Russian side of the Cold war arms race, an area in which I have had considerable interest as a concerned layman.
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