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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Lewis Gaddis Narrator: Jay Gregory, Alan Sklar Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The “dean of Cold War historians” 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.

It began during the Second World War, when American and Soviet troops converged from east and west. Their meeting point—a small German city—became part of a front line that solidified shortly thereafter into an Iron Curtain. It ended in a climactic square-off between Ronald Reagan’s America and Gorbachev’s Soviet Union. In between were decades of global confrontation, uncertainty, and fear.

Riveting, revelatory, and wise, The Cold War tells a story whose lessons it is vitally necessary to understand, as America once more faces an implacable ideological enemy.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/17/2014

    " A really in depth look at all of the players and their motives. Sifting through mire (as someone who grew up in a post-Cold War world) was a little nauseating, yet the book illuminated the terrifying idea of living during an ever-present nuclear scenario. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 2/15/2014

    " Interesting read, no too dry... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tresy | 2/13/2014

    " A good, if utterly tendentious account of the cold war from a pro-US perspective, by a "dean" of foreign policy at Yale. No amount of ink is too much to expend on the USSR's and China's crimes against humanity, but all similar US crimes are rationalized away as reluctant departures from our true and virtuous nature, necessitated by the evil we were confronting. Funny how we keep finding ourselves reluctantly violating these values we supposedly hold (e.g, torture and warrantless wiretapping) even after the evil empires are gone (or in the case of China, making its cheap labor available to our Wal-Marts). Gaddis supposedly was an admirer of the Bush Doctrine, and it shows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 2/12/2014

    " Very interesting read. I think i will get even more out of it when i read it a second time. Some of the facts that the author brings out are downright chilling. "

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