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The Cold War | Paperback

Released on 25 January 2007

Author: John Lewis Gaddis | Format: Paperback

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In 1950, when Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh and Kim Il-Sung met in Moscow to discuss the future, they had reason to feel optimistic. International communism seemed everywhere on the offensive: all of Eastern Europe was securely in the Soviet camp; America's monopoly on nuclear weapons was a thing of the past; and Mao's forces had assumed control over the world's most populous country. The story of the previous five decades was one of the worst fears confirmed, and there seemed as of 1950 little sign, at least to the West, that the next fifty years would be any less dark. In fact, of course, the century's end brought the widespread triumph of political and economic freedom over its ideological enemies. In "The Cold War", John Lewis Gaddis makes a major contribution to our understanding of this epochal story. Beginning with the Second World War and ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union, he provides a thrilling account of the strategic dynamics that drove the age. Now, as Britain once more finds itself in a global confrontation with an implacable ideological enemy, "The Cold War" tells a story whose lessons it is vitally necessary to understand.

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 Maybe too much of a whistle-stop tour?

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Having read this book recently the main thing that I can take away from the experience is not having learnt an awful lot more than I already knew about the Cold War.

Whilst it is said by the author in the introduction that this book will be a whistle-stop tour of the Cold War I feel that this is where it lets itself down.

Also, being from Britian, I wanted to find out about what role we had in the Cold War. Sadly, as this book is written by an American, we Brits are often overlooked and as a result are mentioned flitingly throughout the book. Which was a disappointment.

Overall, if you are looking for a book about the Cold War that is brief and will not get bogged down in detail, then this is the book for you. If you want something more than a whistle-stop tour of the Cold War, then this book is not for you and should be avoided.

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AuthorJohn Lewis Gaddis
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
Year2007
ISBN9780141025322
FormatPaperback - 352 Pages
IllustrationsIllustrations