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The Brink : President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983 / Marc Ambinder.

Author/creator Ambinder, Marc author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Publication Info New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2018]
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionxx, 364 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Part I. Decapitation. Détente's rise and fall ; Toward protracted nuclear war ; Decapitation ; Man in the gap ; Project RYAN ; Warning ; Zero-zero ; Ivy League '82 ; Bogging down ; The view from London -- Part II. To the brink. 1983 ; The Evil Empire ; SDI and sabotage ; Provocations ; Diamonds ; Spy vs. spy ; Green shoots ; The Phantom (part I) ; The Phantom (part II) ; The day before the day after ; Able Archer 83 ; FLASH telegram ; Validate and authenticate ; Open hatches -- Part III. Endgame(s). Sacrifice ; Warning of war ; Ivan and Anya ; What did we miss? ; Arguing on behalf of Soviet fears ; How can this be? ; Roll the dice ; A new hope : but still, Star Wars? ; Not to miss the chance ; To Geneva.
Abstract The incredible story of the 1983 war game that triggered a tense, brittle period of nuclear brinkmanship between the United States and the former Soviet Union.
Abstract "The Cold War's most dangerous moment: a high-stakes and secretive game of nuclear brinksmanship that played out in the forests of Germany, in stealthy submarines underneath the Atlantic and Pacific, in hidden London compounds, in fortified bunkers and code rooms across the globe. The year was 1983. The world was on the brink. And American spies were missing the warning signals. Marc Ambinder explains the anxious period between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1984, with the Able Archer 83 war game as the fulcrum of the tension. With astonishing and clarifying new details, he recounts the scary series of close encounters that tested the limits of ordinary men and powerful leaders. Ambinder explains how political leadership triumphed over misunderstandings and the strife of interests, helping the two countries work toward a fragile peace. The Brink provides one of the most comprehensive and chilling descriptions of the nuclear command and control process, from intelligence warnings to the composition of the nuclear codes themselves. Ambinder reveals, with significant new reporting, the full story of the much-whispered-about continuity of government program that President Reagan built up to give the presidency a chance to survive a bolt-from-the-blue attack. He also provides glimpses into the secret world of preemptive electronic attack that scared the Soviet Union into action. Ambinder's account reads like a thriller, as it recounts the spy-versus-spy games that kept both countries--and the world--in check. From geopolitics in Moscow and Washington, to sweat-caked soldiers fighting in the trenches of the Cold War, to high-stakes war games across NATO and the Warsaw Pact, this book serves as the definitive intelligence, nuclear, and national security history of one of the most precarious times in recent memory."--Jacket.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 299-308) and index.
Genre/formHistory.
Genre/formMilitary history.
LCCN2018285888
ISBN9781476760377
ISBN1476760373 (hardcover)
ISBN(electronic book)

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