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Author: Odd Arne Westad Narrator: Julian Elfer Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781681688220
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In The Cold War, Odd Arne Westad offers a new perspective on a century when a superpower rivalry and an ideological war transformed every corner of our globe. We traditionally think of the Cold War as a post–World War II diplomatic and military conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. But in this major new work, Westad argues that the conflict must be understood as a global ideological confrontation with roots in the industrial revolution and with continuing implications for the world today. The Cold War may have begun on the perimeters of Europe, but it had its largest impacts in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Expanding our understanding of the Cold War both geographically and chronologically, Westad offers the definitive new history of an ongoing battle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Westad] ably synthesizes contemporary scholarship to produce an accessible narrative that provides a fresh perspective on the conflict’s pervasive global influence.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is an enormous story, and the author tackles it with admirable clarity and elegance…A tremendous and timely history lesson for our age.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This significant history is told with verve and spirit…An essential book for all collections and one of the best written so far on the Cold War.”

    Library Journal

  • “In many ways, Westad has long argued, the Cold War made the world what it is today. His latest book is an eloquent and enjoyable defense of that proposition.”

    Foreign Policy

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About the Author

Odd Arne Westad is the S. T. Lee Professor of US-Asia Relations at Harvard University. The author and editor of more than ten books, Westad lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Julian Elfer is an award-winning, classically trained British actor with extensive stage experience. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the British Academy at Oxford University, where he studied with the likes of Derek Jacobi, Fiona Shaw, and Alan Rickman. Elfer currently resides and acts in New York City.