Download PDF by Taylor Downing: 1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink

By Taylor Downing

ISBN-10: 0306921723

ISBN-13: 9780306921728

ISBN-10: 1549198017

ISBN-13: 9781549198014

A riveting, real-life mystery approximately 1983--the yr tensions among the U.S. and the Soviet Union approximately introduced the realm to the purpose of nuclear Armageddon

The yr 1983 used to be a very risky one--more harmful than 1962, the yr of the Cuban Missile main issue. within the usa, President Reagan tremendously elevated safety spending, defined the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," and introduced the "Star Wars" Strategic protection Initiative to defend the rustic from incoming missiles. Seeing all this, Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet chief, grew to become confident that the USA quite intended to assault the Soviet Union and he placed the KGB on excessive alert, trying to find symptoms of an coming near near nuclear attack.

When a Soviet aircraft shot down a Korean civilian jet, Reagan defined it as "a crime opposed to humanity." And Moscow grew more and more desirous about America's language and behaviour. could they assault? The temperature rose quickly. In November the West introduced a wargame workout, codenamed "Abel Archer," that seemed to the Soviets just like the genuine factor. With Andropov's finger inching ever in the direction of the nuclear button, the realm was once actually at the brink.

This is a unprecedented and principally unknown chilly warfare tale of spies and double brokers, of missiles being readied, intelligence mess ups, misunderstandings, and the panic of worldwide leaders. With entry to hundreds of thousands of astounding new files, Taylor Downing tells for the 1st time the gripping yet actual tale of the way close to the realm got here to nuclear struggle in 1983.

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