1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink

1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink

In 1983 cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to launch a nuclear first strike against the West. Like all Bond movies, audiences believed that the storyline was entirely fictional if not totally crazy. Little did they know that while they munched on their popcorn, the Soviets were indeed prepa In 1983 cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who att...

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Title:1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink
Author:Taylor Downing
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Genres:History
ISBN:1408710528
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink Reviews

  • Martha
    Apr 06, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

  • Mike
    May 30, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

  • Joseph
    Feb 11, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

  • Sean O'Hara
    May 28, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

  • Adam Maisel
    Jun 07, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Peter
    May 22, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Jimmy Reagan
    Apr 21, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

  • Andrew Carpenter
    May 07, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Paul
    May 09, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

  • Susan Yeomans
    May 19, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Nick
    Jun 08, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Christopher Collins
    May 13, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

  • Michael Hubany
    May 15, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Daniel Gusev
    May 07, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Pat Payne
    May 17, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Alexander Giles
    Jun 11, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Luca Signorelli
    Jun 05, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Greg murchan
    May 10, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Edouard
    May 07, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Wyn Grant
    Apr 29, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Robert Walker
    May 28, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Jason Wilson
    May 25, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

  • Vitor
    Jun 13, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Thomas Wimprine
    May 26, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Graham Dockrill
    Jun 09, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Julian Lloyd
    Jun 03, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Alison Williams
    Apr 28, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Mr Davidson John Baron
    May 21, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • Philip Bagley
    May 17, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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  • John Simmons
    Jun 03, 2018

    1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink by Taylor Downing is a detailed study of the Cold War's most dangerous moment. Downing is a historian and writer whose best selling books include works on the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.Taylor also writes on the history...

    Cold War junkies have long known about Able Archer '83, a NATO exercise that the Soviet Union believed to be an elaborate charade to cover a sneak attack on them. Most people who've looked into the situation have concluded that the world was closer to WWIII in November 1983 than any ti...

    Mr Downing's books are always enjoyable. As a film maker and researcher he finds obscure historical details and presents them in a readable way for expert and novice alike. This book is about one of the most deadly phases of the cold war, that most, including some intelligence analy...

    Despite its misnomer of the title -- perhaps 40% of the book is narrowly focused on 1983 -- I enjoyed this a ton. The last couple of decades of the Cold War are fascinating and, for those of us who lived through it and are into history, reading about things like the emergence of Gorbac...

    Who would?ve thought that 1983 was so pivotal? I?ve done a lot of reading over the years on Ronald Reagan and thought the mantra was Reagan and Gorbachev, not Reagan and Andropov! This book for me was a shocking revelation. In addition to its revealing nature, this book is as fortu...

    Even for a youngster in the eighties the way popular culture was saturated with the paranoia of the Cold War was unmissable . From books to tv drama to pop music, it was everywhere . And with good reason. The Cuban missile crisis had been close enough , but 1983 was a closer shave ...

    A well-structured a knowledgeable overview of one of the hottest years of the Cold War. Downing maintains a solid control of his material and sketches out the main players, Reagan, Andropov, Gorbachev, Schultz, Gordievsky etc very well indeed. The section on Flight KAL007 is especially...

    Gripping take on a lesser known, terrifyingly important series of events. "In the summer of 1983, cinema audiences flocked to see the latest James Bond movie in which Roger Moore defeats a Soviet general who attempts to fire a nuclear weapon against the West. People loved the film ...

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