The Cold War: A New History

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Penguin, Dec 26, 2006 - History - 352 pages
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The “dean of Cold War historians” (The New York Times) now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but why—from the months in 1945 when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. went from alliance to antagonism to the barely averted holocaust of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the maneuvers of Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev. Brilliant, accessible, almost Shakespearean in its drama, The Cold War stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, more than any other, shaped our own.
  

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Well researched, good information, and easy to read. - Goodreads
Not much new information, but an excellent overview. - Goodreads
Good intro/overview of the Cold War. Easy reading. - Goodreads
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I listened to this as an audio book (audible audio, read by Jay Gregory and Alan Sklar). This is a good survey of the Cold War, covering things like: the nuclear arms race, CIA and KGB, the ... Read full review

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This is one of those "if you are going to read one book on...." type of books. Experienced teachers will be well-served to reacquaint themselves with this comprehensive narrative provided while new ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

John Lewis Gaddis is Robert A. Lovett Professor of History and Political Science at Yale University.

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