At the Abyss
An Insider's History of the Cold War
Publication Date: March 1, 2005
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Among the unforgettable figures who devised weaponry, dictated policy, or deviously spied and subverted: Whittaker Chambers--the translator whose book, "Witness," started the hunt for bigger game: Communists in our government; Lavrenti Beria--the head of the Soviet nuclear weapons program who apparently killed Joseph Stalin; Col. Ed Hall--the leader of America's advanced missile system, whose own brother was a Soviet spy; Adm. James Stockwell--the prisoner of war and eventual vice presidential candidate who kept his terrible secret from the Vietnamese for eight long years; Nancy Reagan--the "Queen of Hearts," who was both loving wife and instigator of palace intrigue in her husband's White House.
From Eisenhower's decision to beat the Russians at their own game, to the "Missile Gap" of the Kennedy Era, to Reagan's vow to "lean on the Soviets until they go broke"--all the pivotal events of the period are portrayed in new and stunning detail with information only someone on the front lines and in backrooms could know.
Yet "At the Abyss" is more than a riveting and comprehensive recounting. It is a cautionary tale for our time, a revelation of how, "those years . . . came to be known as the Cold War, not World War III."
"From the Hardcover edition.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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