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The Resource 1983 : Reagan, Andropov, and a world on the brink, Taylor Downing

1983 : Reagan, Andropov, and a world on the brink, Taylor Downing

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1983 : Reagan, Andropov, and a world on the brink
Title
1983
Title remainder
Reagan, Andropov, and a world on the brink
Statement of responsibility
Taylor Downing
Title variation
Nineteen eighty-three
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A riveting, real-life thriller about 1983--the year tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union nearly brought the world to the point of nuclear Armageddon The year 1983 was an extremely dangerous one--more dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the United States, President Reagan vastly increased defense spending, described the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," and launched the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative to shield the country from incoming missiles. Seeing all this, Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet leader, became convinced that the US really meant to attack the Soviet Union and he put the KGB on high alert, looking for signs of an imminent nuclear attack. When a Soviet plane shot down a Korean civilian jet, Reagan described it as "a crime against humanity." And Moscow grew increasingly concerned about America's language and behavior. Would they attack? The temperature rose fast. In November the West launched a wargame exercise, codenamed "Abel Archer," that looked to the Soviets like the real thing. With Andropov's finger inching ever closer to the nuclear button, the world was truly on the brink. This is an extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies and double agents, of missiles being readied, intelligence failures, misunderstandings, and the panic of world leaders. With access to hundreds of astonishing new documents, Taylor Downing tells for the first time the gripping but true story of how near the world came to nuclear war in 1983
Summary
Describes the Cold War tensions that led to a misinterpretation by the Soviets of a United States wargames exercise that led to a year-long ratcheting up of aggressions that almost brought them to the brink of nuclear war in 1983
Biography type
contains biographical information
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Cataloging source
BT
Dewey number
327.73/047
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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Reagan, Andropov, and a world on the brink
Label
1983 : Reagan, Andropov, and a world on the brink, Taylor Downing
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Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-375) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
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Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
[vii], 391 pages
Isbn
9780306921728
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
1983 : Reagan, Andropov, and a world on the brink, Taylor Downing
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-375) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
[vii], 391 pages
Isbn
9780306921728
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
regular print

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