The Dead Hand by David Hoffman
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.




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About David Hoffman

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David E. Hoffman is a contributing editor at the Washington Post, where he previously served as White House correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, and assistant managing editor for foreign news. He is the author of The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia. He lives in Maryland.
 
Published September 21, 2009 by Anchor. 595 pages
Genres: History, War, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Travel. Non-fiction

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Stanley Kubrick got it wrong in Dr. Strangelove: There was a Doomsday Machine, but it was in the other bunker.

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The New York Times

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This authoritative and chilling new history of the cold war arms race is deadly serious, but can verge on pitch-black comedy — “Dr. Strangelove” as updated by the Coen Brothers.

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The Guardian

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When the Soviet Union collapsed, it left behind 6,623 nuclear warheads on land-based missiles and 2,760 warheads based at sea, plus 822 nuclear bombs, 150 cruise warheads, 15,000 tactical nukes scattered far and wide, 40,000 tons of chemical weapons and uncounted tons of anthrax spores.

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BC Books

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“Today, the weapons to destroy civilization, the legacy of the Cold War, are still with us. They are a lethal machine that haunts the globe."

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Star Tribune

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This chilling, deeply reported book shines a light on the Soviet programs, philosophies and middle managers who were behind the Cold War. While it lacks the U.S. perspective, it puts a sober face on the bureaucracy of assured mutual destruction.

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St. Louis Today

And, at times, Hoffman's prose reflects the dead hand of.

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Daily Kos

I've read [former Soviet biological weapons scientist] Ken Alibek's memoir, but I don't think many Americans outside the arms control community know the extent of Soviet biological weapons program.

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Daily Kos

in the latter portion of his second term - seems like it may have been around the time of his meeting with Gorbachev in Iceland - Reagan was quoted in the press as saying something like, "Why don't we just get rid of all the nuclear weapons?"

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