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The Dead Hand

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Language: English
Dimensions:5.22 x 8.0 x 1.23 inches
Weight:488 g
Published: August 03, 2010

About the Book

The United States and the then Soviet Union had amassed vast amounts of nuclear armaments during the Cold War. In fact, the latter had plotted in total secrecy to create a ‘Dead Hand’ system that would have launched an automatic retaliatory nuclear attack on the US. The US was also not to be left behind as the then President Reagan pressed ahead for the development of space-based defense arsenals. In this arms race, such was the nuclear prowess of both these nations that it was equated to the destructive capacity of a million Hiroshimas.It is an account of how this arms race ended that is described in the book The Dead Hand: The Untold Story Of The Cold War Arms Race And Its Dangerous Legacy by David Hoffman. Indeed, in this first, complete and riveting account, the author has thrown ample light on the dark secrets behind the arms race: the secret decisions and the ulterior motives of each nation.To present such an unprecedented look on what went on behind the Cold War and the arms race that the world saw, Hoffman has drawn his information from a large number of unpublished and published sources. These include insightful interviews with scientists, military leaders, politicians ,and diplomats of the time. The book also goes on to vividly describe how the US was pushed to racing against time when the Soviet Union dissolved leaving all the nuclear stockpile totally insecure.A fascinating tale about Reagan, Gorbachev and other prominent figures of the time, The Dead Hand: The Untold Story Of The Cold War Arms Race And Its Dangerous Legacy was published by Anchor as 1st edition in 2014. It is available in paperback. Key Features: This book has won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2010.