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  • The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David E. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (168)

    During the Cold War, world 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.

    Andrew says: "Credible study into Russia's weapons programmes"
    "Interesting but disturbing"
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    This was an interesting book about the Soviet chemical and bio weapons program during the end of the cold war. I found it somewhat disturbing to find out about how much of this work was being performed, and how cruel it would be if used in an actual confrontation. Nuclear weapons seem almost humane compared to some of the weapons presented in the book. Very interesting to read about some of the behind the scenes discussions during arms reduction negotiations. Overall the tone had a very Pro-American slant when presenting events, but was for the most part not condescending towards the Soviets.

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