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

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:

9h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:41


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:41


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:07


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:13


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:51


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:52


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:01


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:42


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:23


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:59


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:43


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:45


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:04


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:39


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:38


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:46


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:13


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:11


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

00:31