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Author Jones, Nate, author.

Title Able Archer 83 : the secret history of the NATO exercise that almost triggered nuclear war / Nate Jones ; with a foreword by Thomas S. Blanton.

Publication Info. New York : The New Press, [2016]

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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In November 1983, Soviet nuclear forces went on high alert. After months nervously watching increasingly assertive NATO military posturing, Soviet intelligence agencies in Western Europe received flash telegrams reporting alarming activity on U.S. bases. In response, the Soviets began planning for a countdown to a nuclear first strike by NATO on Eastern Europe. And then Able Archer 83, a vast NATO war game exercise that modeled a Soviet attack on NATO allies, ended. What the West didn't know at the time was that the Soviets thought Operation Able Archer 83 was real and were actively preparing for a surprise missile attack from NATO. This close scrape with Armageddon was largely unknown until last October when the U.S. government released a ninety-four-page presidential analysis of Able Archer that the National Security Archive had spent over a decade trying to declassify. Able Archer 83 is based upon more than a thousand pages of declassified documents that archive staffer Nate Jones has pried loose from several U.S. government agencies and British archives, as well as from formerly classified Soviet Politburo and KGB files, vividly recreating the atmosphere that nearly unleashed nuclear war.
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Subject North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- History -- 20th century.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Cold War (1945-1989)
Europe -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Military maneuvers -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Nuclear crisis control -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- History, Military -- 20th century -- Sources.
Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Europe, Western -- Defenses -- History -- 20th century.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States -- Sources.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union -- Sources.
Cold War -- Sources.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Indexed Term Able Archer 83
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Military history.
Added Title Secret history of the NATO exercise that almost triggered nuclear war
Other Form: Print version: Jones, Nate. Able Archer 83. New York : The New Press, [2016] 9781620972618 (DLC) 2016023458
ISBN 9781620972625 (electronic bk.)
162097262X (electronic bk.)
9781620972618 (hc ; alk. paper)