By Taylor Downing
The yr 1983 used to be an incredibly harmful one--more harmful than 1962, the yr of the Cuban Missile trouble. within the usa, President Reagan drastically elevated safeguard spending, defined the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," and introduced the "Star Wars" Strategic safeguard Initiative to guard the rustic from incoming missiles. Seeing all this, Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet chief, grew to become confident that the U.S. fairly intended to assault the Soviet Union and he positioned the KGB on excessive alert, searching for symptoms of an forthcoming 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 fascinated by America's language and behaviour. might they assault? The temperature rose quick. In November the West introduced a wargame workout, codenamed "Abel Archer," that seemed to the Soviets just like the actual factor. With Andropov's finger inching ever towards the nuclear button, the realm was once really at the brink.
This is a rare and principally unknown chilly struggle tale of spies and double brokers, of missiles being readied, intelligence disasters, misunderstandings, and the panic of worldwide leaders. With entry to 1000s of astounding new records, Taylor Downing tells for the 1st time the gripping yet real tale of the way close to the area got here to nuclear battle in 1983.
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