Military history

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

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

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.

PROLOGUE

INTRODUCTION

PART ONE

Chapter 1: AT THE PRECIPICE

Chapter 2: WAR GAMES

Chapter 3: WAR SCARE

Chapter 4: THE GERM NIGHTMARE

Chapter 5: THE ANTHRAX FACTORY

Chapter 6: THE DEAD HAND

Chapter 7: MORNING AGAIN IN AMERICA

PART TWO

Chapter 8: “WE CAN’T GO ON LIVING LIKE THIS”

Chapter 9: YEAR OF THE SPY

Chapter 10: OF SWORDS AND SHIELDS

Chapter 11: THE ROAD TO REYKJAVIK

Chapter 12: FAREWELL TO ARMS

Chapter 13: GERMS, GAS AND SECRETS

Chapter 14: THE LOST YEAR

Chapter 15: THE GREATEST BREAKTHROUGH

Chapter 16: THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

PART THREE

Chapter 17: A GREAT UNRAVELING

Chapter 18: THE SCIENTISTS

Chapter 19: REVELATIONS

Chapter 20: YELTSIN’S PROMISE

Chapter 21: PROJECT SAPPHIRE

Chapter 22: FACE TO FACE WITH EVIL

EPILOGUE

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