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

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The dead hand : the untold story of the Cold War arms race and its dangerous legacy
Title
The dead hand
Title remainder
the untold story of the Cold War arms race and its dangerous legacy
Statement of responsibility
David E. Hoffman
Title variation
Dead hand
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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
Awards note
Pulitzer Prize, 2010.
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hoffman, David E.
Dewey number
909.82/5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
U264
LC item number
.H645 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich
  • Arms race
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Cold War
  • Cold War
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
Label
The dead hand : the untold story of the Cold War arms race and its dangerous legacy, David E. Hoffman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [491]-553) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 577 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780385524377
Lccn
2009016751
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn320432478
  • (OCoLC)320432478
  • 761276
Label
The dead hand : the untold story of the Cold War arms race and its dangerous legacy, David E. Hoffman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [491]-553) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 577 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780385524377
Lccn
2009016751
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn320432478
  • (OCoLC)320432478
  • 761276

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