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. Download and start listening now!