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“Able Archer 83: The Secret History” On Shelves Now!

November 1, 2016

Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War,” Nate Jones’s new book on how the United States “may have inadvertently placed our relations with the Soviet Union on a hair trigger” during the 1983 NATO nuclear release exercise, is now on shelves.

David Hoffman, author of The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy, says of Jones’s book: “Able Archer 83 is an invaluable resource on one of the most dangerous moments of the Cold War.  The book contains an unmatched collection of previously secret documents about the War Scare of 1983 and the Able Archer exercise at the center of it.  If you want to learn from history, this is the place to start.”

To mark the occasion, Jones will be hosting a Reddit Ask Me Anything tomorrow, November 2, at 3:00 ET, a November 15 book talk at Walls of Books – Washington, DC at 7:00, and an International Spy Museum Podcast that will be released November 15.

  1. November 1, 2016 1:48 pm

    “Inadvertently,” you say? There were lots of US provocations and constant pressure with overt and covert operations against the USSR. Who can blame the Soviets for being paranoid? Like the saying goes, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t really out to get you!

  2. November 1, 2016 2:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Proletarian Center for Research, Education and Culture and commented:
    This should be an interesting resource, but for all those who still cling to the myth of American exceptionalism, don’t worry, I’m sure that no matter how much proof is provided in this book of further American malfeasance, it will somehow conclude that the system is self-correcting and that sanity and justice eventually prevailed, and that the Soviets were overly paranoid; somehow much of the blame is going to shift toward the Soviet Union.

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