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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4.16 (1,261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Lewis Gaddis Narrator: Jay Gregory, Alan Sklar Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook 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 Review 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 Review 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 Review 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 Review 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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About the Author
Author John Lewis Gaddis

John Lewis Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University. His previous books include The United States and the Origins of the Cold War; Strategies of Containment; The Long Peace; We Now Know; The Landscape of History; Surprise, Security, and the American Experience; and The Cold War: A New History. He teaches courses on Cold War history, grand strategy, international studies, and biography and has won two Yale undergraduate teaching awards. He was also a 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

About the Narrators

Jay Gregory is a veteran New York actor of stage, film, and television. He can be heard in a number of informational narrations on the Discovery Channel, TLC, NOVA, and PBS, and he has a wide range of audiobooks to his credit.

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has been a freelance voice actor for more than fifteen years. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.