By Taylor Downing
The 12 months 1983 was once a really risky one--more harmful than 1962, the 12 months of the Cuban Missile drawback. within the usa, President Reagan drastically elevated security spending, defined the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," and introduced the "Star Wars" Strategic protection Initiative to guard the rustic from incoming missiles. Seeing all this, Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet chief, turned confident that the U.S. quite intended to assault the Soviet Union and he positioned the KGB on excessive alert, trying to find indicators of an impending 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 eager about America's language and behaviour. could they assault? The temperature rose speedy. In November the West introduced a wargame workout, codenamed "Abel Archer," that appeared to the Soviets just like the genuine factor. With Andropov's finger inching ever toward the nuclear button, the area used to be actually at the brink.
This is a unprecedented and principally unknown chilly battle tale of spies and double brokers, of missiles being readied, intelligence mess ups, misunderstandings, and the panic of global leaders. With entry to hundreds of thousands of fantastic new files, Taylor Downing tells for the 1st time the gripping yet precise tale of the way close to the realm got here to nuclear warfare in 1983.
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1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing