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

by David Hoffman

The Dead Hand is the suspense-filled story of the people who sought to brake the speeding locomotive of the arms race, then rushed to secure the nuclear and biological weapons left behind by the collapse of the Soviet Union--a dangerous legacy that haunts us even today.<P><P> 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. In The Dead Hand, a thrilling narrative history drawing on new archives and original research and interviews, David E. Hoffman reveals how presidents, scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and spies confronted the danger and changed the course of history. <P> The Dead Hand captures the inside story in both the United States and the Soviet Union, giving us an urgent and intimate account of the last decade of the arms race. With access to secret Kremlin documents, Hoffman chronicles Soviet internal deliberations that have long been hidden. He reveals that weapons designers in 1985 laid a massive "Star Wars" program on the desk of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to compete with President Reagan, but Gorbachev refused to build it. He unmasks the cover-up of the Soviet biological weapons program. He tells the exclusive story of one Soviet microbiologist's quest to build a genetically engineered super-germ--it would cause a mild illness, a deceptive recovery, then a second, fatal attack. And he details the frightening history of the Doomsday Machine, known as the Dead Hand, which would launch a retaliatory nuclear strike if the Soviet leaders were wiped out. <P> When the Soviet Union collapsed, the dangers remained. Soon rickety trains were hauling unsecured nuclear warheads across the Russian steppe; tons of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium lay unguarded in warehouses; and microbiologists and bomb designers were scavenging for food to feed their families. <P> The Dead Hand offers fresh and startling insights into Reagan and Gorbachev, the two key figures of the end of the Cold War, and draws colorful, unforgettable portraits of many others who struggled, often valiantly, to save the world from the most terrifying weapons known to man.<P> Pulitzer Prize Winner

The Oklahoma City Bombing And The Politics Of Terror

by David Hoffman Charles Key

An in-depth analysis of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in April 1995 in which 169 people died. Reveals government malfeasance, possible cover-ups and much of the content was used in a Grand Jury investigation into the bombing. The most important publication on the worst terrorist act in american history.

The Oligarchs

by David Hoffman

In this saga of brilliant triumphs and magnificent failures, David E. Hoffman, the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post, sheds light on the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men- Alexander Smolensky, Yuri Luzhkov, Anatoly Chubais, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Boris Berezovsky, and Vladimir Gusinsky-Hoffman shows how a rapacious, unruly capitalism was born out of the ashes of Soviet communism.

The Oligarchs

by David Hoffman

In this saga of brilliant triumphs and magnificent failures, David E. Hoffman, the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post, sheds light on the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men- Alexander Smolensky, Yuri Luzhkov, Anatoly Chubais, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Boris Berezovsky, and Vladimir Gusinsky-Hoffman shows how a rapacious, unruly capitalism was born out of the ashes of Soviet communism.

The Sand Bucket List

by David Hoffman

Kids grow up in the blink of an eye, so before they do, take advantage of every moment with 366 ideas for making unforgettable family memoriesOCofrom deciding where to go on vacation by throwing a dart at a map to leading the conga line at a wedding or jumping into a swimming pool with your clothes on. Whether itOCOs simple (have an indoor picnic), silly (take a family portrait where everyone is wearing Groucho glasses), selfless (pay the entrance fee for the stranger in line behind you) or an aspiration (shake hands with the President of the United States), "The Sand Bucket List" is the ultimate handbook for re-imagining quality time and creating magical shared experiences as you go. "

The Sand Bucket List

by David Hoffman

Kids grow up in the blink of an eye, so before they do, take advantage of every moment with 366 ideas for making unforgettable family memories--from deciding where to go on vacation by throwing a dart at a map to leading the conga line at a wedding or jumping into a swimming pool with your clothes on. Whether it's simple (have an indoor picnic), silly (take a family portrait where everyone is wearing Groucho glasses), selfless (pay the entrance fee for the stranger in line behind you) or an aspiration (shake hands with the President of the United States), The Sand Bucket List is the ultimate handbook for re-imagining quality time and creating magical shared experiences as you go.

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