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
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

  • Eric
    Oct 14, 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

  • 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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...

  • Larry
    Aug 04, 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

  • Ren
    Aug 14, 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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 ...

    ...

  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    Jul 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

  • Nicky Whiting
    Jul 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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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  • David
    Jul 01, 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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...

  • 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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...

  • Adam
    Jul 01, 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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 ...

  • Nick Lincoln
    Jun 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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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  • James
    Jul 16, 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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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  • Chris Walker
    Jun 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

  • 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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 ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Ben Mercure
    Jul 01, 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

  • Jonny Ruddock
    Aug 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

  • Ralph Clements
    Jul 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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 Davis
    Jul 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

  • 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

  • John Cahill
    Jun 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

  • Montag
    Jun 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

  • 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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 ...

    ...

    ...

  • 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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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  • Hugh McKinney
    Jul 31, 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...

    Fascinating insight into a hidden part of the cold war Taylor Downing has written a very readable account of the 1983 and the dangerous period when the Soviets believed the the US was actively planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike. This account is well written, moves at a good pa...

    Told from the perspectives of the Soviet and Americans at the centre of the story, 1983: The World at the Brink tells how the election of Ronald Reagan and his anti-communist rhetoric, together with a series of seemingly unconnected, occasionally tragic events and policies helped raise...

    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 ...

    Enlightening Having lived through and always been aware of the general East-West tensions, reading this book was a real shock. Sabre rattling and arms/ space racing were an everyday series of events that went on for years. MAD know and accept"logic". We never knew of any fact that t...

    Appalling how close we came to Armageddon. And we were all totally oblivious of how close we came to the brink. One typically thinks of where you were in your life at the moment of these Earth shaking events, from the shuttle disasters to 9/11. Now we?re finding out about Nov 1983. A...

    What fantastic read. Well written and flows so well. I?m not sure that it read like a novel because of the writing or because of the content. It doesn?t matter that there are a lot of other books on the Cold War (each putting a slightly different bias on the writers viewpoint). ...

    A solid book on some obscure facts from the Cold War. I particularly enjoyed the psychological profiling of the Soviet leaders, the details on the KAL007 incident (including PSYOP exercises carried out just before the incident by USA) and espionage related activities. It is also intere...

    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...

    Fascinating account of the late Cold War years that explains how and why the superpowers came so unwittingly close to Nuclear War in 1983, then pulled back from the abyss. This is well written and accessible history, with some interesting info about the spy game and the part it played ...

    Important book showing the dangerous combination of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mutual distrust among nuclearly-armed nations and how that combination almost led to the destruction of the Earth as we know it in 1983. Hard to believe people thought programs like Operation R...

    Simple the best, non jargon, non narcissistic writing of a time in which the world was at a stage where this book and others may never have been written in the future. ...

    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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