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The Dead Hand - The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy

David Hoffman

"A tour de force of investigative history." -Steve Coll The Dead Hand is the suspense-filled story of the people who sought to brake the speeding locomotive of the arms race, then rushed to secure the nuclear and biological weapons left behind by the collapse of the Soviet Union-a dangerous legacy that haunts us even today. The Cold War was an epoch of massive overkill. In the last half of the twentieth century the two superpowers had perfected the science of mass destruction and possessed nuclear weapons with the combined power of a million Hiroshimas. What's more, a Soviet biological warfare machine was ready to produce bacteria and viruses to sicken and kill millions. In The Dead Hand, a thrilling narrative history drawing on new archives and original research and interviews, David E. Hoffman reveals how presidents, scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and spies confronted the danger and changed the course of history. The Dead Hand captures the inside story in both the United States and the Soviet Union, giving us an urgent and intimate account of the last decade of the arms race. With access to secret Kremlin documents, Hoffman chronicles Soviet internal deliberations that have long been hidden. He reveals that weapons designers in 1985 laid a massive "Star Wars" program on the desk of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to compete with President Reagan, but Gorbachev refused to build it. He unmasks the cover-up of the Soviet biological weapons program. He tells the exclusive story of one Soviet microbiologist's quest to build a genetically engineered super-germ-it would cause a mild illness, a deceptive recovery, then a second, fatal attack. And he details the frightening history of the Doomsday Machine, known as the Dead Hand, which would launch a retaliatory nuclear strike if the Soviet leaders were wiped out. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the dangers remained. Soon rickety trains were hauling unsecured nuclear warheads across the Russian steppe; tons of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium lay unguarded i

"A tour de force of investigative history." -Steve Coll The Dead Hand is the suspense-filled story of the people who sought to brake the speeding locomotive of the arms race, then rushed to secure the nuclear and biological weapons left behind by the collapse of the Soviet Union-a dangerous legacy that haunts us even today. The Cold War was an epoch of massive overkill. In the last half of the twentieth century the two superpowers had perfected the science of mass destruction and possessed nuclear weapons with the combined power of a million Hiroshimas. What's more, a Soviet biological warfare machine was ready to produce bacteria and viruses to sicken and kill millions. In The Dead Hand, a thrilling narrative history drawing on new archives and original research and interviews, David E. Hoffman reveals how presidents, scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and spies confronted the danger and changed the course of history. The Dead Hand captures the inside story in both the United States and the Soviet Union, giving us an urgent and intimate account of the last decade of the arms race. With access to secret Kremlin documents, Hoffman chronicles Soviet internal deliberations that have long been hidden. He reveals that weapons designers in 1985 laid a massive "Star Wars" program on the desk of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to compete with President Reagan, but Gorbachev refused to build it. He unmasks the cover-up of the Soviet biological weapons program. He tells the exclusive story of one Soviet microbiologist's quest to build a genetically engineered super-germ-it would cause a mild illness, a deceptive recovery, then a second, fatal attack. And he details the frightening history of the Doomsday Machine, known as the Dead Hand, which would launch a retaliatory nuclear strike if the Soviet leaders were wiped out. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the dangers remained. Soon rickety trains were hauling unsecured nuclear warheads across the Russian steppe; tons of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium lay unguarded i
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"A tour de force of investigative history." -Steve Coll The Dead Hand is the suspense-filled story of the people who sought to brake the speeding locomotive of the arms race, then rushed to secure the nuclear and biological weapons left behind by the collapse of the Soviet Union-a dangerous legacy that haunts us even today. The Cold War was an epoch of massive overkill. In the last half of the twentieth century the two superpowers had perfected the science of mass destruction and possessed nuclear weapons with the combined power of a million Hiroshimas. What's more, a Soviet biological warfare machine was ready to produce bacteria and viruses to sicken and kill millions. In The Dead Hand, a thrilling narrative history drawing on new archives and original research and interviews, David E. Hoffman reveals how presidents, scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and spies confronted the danger and changed the course of history. The Dead Hand captures the inside story in both the United States and the Soviet Union, giving us an urgent and intimate account of the last decade of the arms race. With access to secret Kremlin documents, Hoffman chronicles Soviet internal deliberations that have long been hidden. He reveals that weapons designers in 1985 laid a massive "Star Wars" program on the desk of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to compete with President Reagan, but Gorbachev refused to build it. He unmasks the cover-up of the Soviet biological weapons program. He tells the exclusive story of one Soviet microbiologist's quest to build a genetically engineered super-germ-it would cause a mild illness, a deceptive recovery, then a second, fatal attack. And he details the frightening history of the Doomsday Machine, known as the Dead Hand, which would launch a retaliatory nuclear strike if the Soviet leaders were wiped out. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the dangers remained. Soon rickety trains were hauling unsecured nuclear warheads across the Russian steppe; tons of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium lay unguarded i

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bob Walter

Length:

20h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:24


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:27


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:27


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:48


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:58


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:17


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:18


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:38


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:54


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:21


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:15


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:55


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:17


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:52


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:42


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:42


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:21


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:40


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:34


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:41


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:43


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:38


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:55


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:57


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:03


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:01


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:10


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:29


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:35


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:52


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:56


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:56


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:10


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:32


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:35


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:00


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:39


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:49


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:28


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:58


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:31


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:14


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:11


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:36


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:06


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:50


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:16


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:20


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:23


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:26


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:50


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:06


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:38


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:19


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:06


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:33


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:19


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:35


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:00


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:04


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:51


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:25


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:23


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:56


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:35


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:15


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:40


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:18


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:42


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:56


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:50


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:53


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

09:02


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:32


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:29


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:13


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:54


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

08:37


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:04


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:31


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:32


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:42


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:09


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:15


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

09:17


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

07:36


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:32


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:33


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:16


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

07:08


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:59


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:56


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

09:33


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:39


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

07:42


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

07:27


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:54


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

08:49


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

06:58


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

07:27


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

08:01


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

09:44


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

07:01


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

08:16


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

08:08


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

00:33