Garrett Mccutcheon's Reviews > The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

The Dead Hand by David E. Hoffman
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Aug 08, 11

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Read from July 28 to August 08, 2011, read count: 1

A good jumping-off point for learning about the weapons arsenals of the cold war. Certainly there are books out there that are more detailed about the nuclear arsenal, or the biological weapons arsenal, but few, if any, books do so well as this book in covering both. This book was very well documented, with sources on nearly every page. Also one of the first books of this type I have read that actually considers the socio-economic side of why we were in the arms race, and the effects it had on the Soviet Union and United States. The book focuses primarily on the nuclear arsenal of the Soviet Union, but provides considerable information from both sides of the story. An interesting read, written in an accessible style.
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