While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top-secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States.
"Compelling as historical thriller, character study"
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.
"Credible study into Russia's weapons programmes"
This riveting narrative history of the end of the arms race sheds new light on the frightening last chapters of the Cold War and the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today.
"Excellent and terrifying."
"Democratic Movements", by Steve Coll; "Going Viral", by David E. Hoffman; "Fox Among the Chickens", by Peter J. Boyer; "America's Top Parent", by Elizabeth Kolbert; and "Apeman", by Nick Liptak.