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100 1  Downing, Taylor,|eauthor. 
245 10 1983 :|bReagan, Andropov, and a world on the brink /
       |cTaylor Downing. 
246 3  One thousand nine hundred eighty-three 
250    First U.S. edition. 
264  1 New York, NY :|bDa Capo Press,|c2018. 
300    391 pages :|billustrations ;|c24 cm 
336    text|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|2rdamedia 
338    volume|2rdacarrier 
500    Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-356) and 
520    The year 1983 was an extremely dangerous one--more 
       dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
       In the United States, President Reagan vastly increased 
       defense spending, described the Soviet Union as an "evil 
       empire," and launched the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense 
       Initiative to shield the country from incoming missiles. 
       Seeing all this, Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet leader,
       became convinced that the US really meant to attack the 
       Soviet Union and he put the KGB on high alert, looking for
       signs of an imminent nuclear attack.  When a Soviet plane 
       shot down a Korean civilian jet, Reagan described it as "a
       crime against humanity." And Moscow grew increasingly 
       concerned about America's language and behavior. Would 
       they attack? The temperature rose fast. In November the 
       West launched a wargame exercise, codenamed "Abel Archer,"
       that looked to the Soviets like the real thing. With 
       Andropov's finger inching ever closer to the nuclear 
       button, the world was truly on the brink.  This is an 
       extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies 
       and double agents, of missiles being readied, intelligence
       failures, misunderstandings, and the panic of world 
       leaders. With access to hundreds of astonishing new 
       documents, Taylor Downing tells for the first time the 
       gripping but true story of how near the world came to 
       nuclear war in 1983. 
600 10 Reagan, Ronald. 
600 10 Andropov, I︠U︡. V.|q(I︠U︡riĭ Vladimirovich),|d1914-1984. 
650  0 Cold War. 
651  0 United States|xForeign relations|y1981-1989. 
651  0 United States|xForeign relations|zSoviet Union. 
651  0 Soviet Union|xForeign relations|zUnited States. 
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