The Dead Hand

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This article is about the non-fiction book The Dead Hand. For the Cold War nuclear control system, see Dead Hand (nuclear war).
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy
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Front cover of The Dead Hand
Author David E. Hoffman
Country United States
Language English
Genre History
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
2009
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 577 pp
ISBN 978-0-385-52437-7
OCLC 320432478
909.82'5 dc22
LC Class U264.H645 2009

The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy is the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction written by Washington Post contributing editor David E. Hoffman.

The book is based on a large number of published and unpublished sources, including interviews with political leaders, scientists, military officials and diplomats. The Russian automatic nuclear-control system known as "Dead Hand" is described in detail.

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