Much of The Dead Hand focuses on significant decisions of Reagan’s presidency, his interest in eliminating nuclear weapons and his personal alliances with British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II. Hoffman details how Reagan won popular support with his “evil empire” speech before a group of evangelical Christian ministers and eventually reached out on a personal level to Gorbachev.
Would I buy The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy? Yes, and I would recommend it even to those who did not care for Reagan. It’s an important book about an important time in world history presented factually with little or no bias. It contains a serious warning about the influence of the Cold War on the present and also our future survival.