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The Cold War's Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace Audiobook

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Read By: Grover Gardner Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 15.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 11.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062848369

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76:41 minutes

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16 seconds

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46:34 minutes

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A brilliant young historian offers a vital, comprehensive international military history of the Cold War in which he views the decade-long superpower struggles as one of the three great conflicts of the twentieth century alongside the two World Wars, and reveals how bloody the "Long Peace" actually was.

In this sweeping, deeply researched book, Paul Thomas Chamberlin boldly argues that the Cold War, long viewed as a mostly peaceful, if tense, diplomatic standoff between democracy and communism, was actually a part of a vast, deadly conflict that killed millions on battlegrounds across the postcolonial world. For half a century, as an uneasy peace hung over Europe, ferocious proxy wars raged in the Cold War’s killing fields, resulting in more than fourteen million dead—victims who remain largely forgotten and all but lost to history.

A superb work of scholarship, The Cold War’s Killing Fields is the first global military history of this superpower conflict and the first full accounting of its devastating impact. More than previous armed conflicts, the wars of the post-1945 era ravaged civilians across vast stretches of territory, from Korea and Vietnam to Bangladesh and Afghanistan to Iraq and Lebanon. Chamberlin provides an understanding of this sweeping history from the ground up and offers a moving portrait of human suffering, capturing the voices of those who experienced the brutal warfare.

Chamberlin reframes this era in global history and explores in detail the numerous battles fought to prevent nuclear war, bolster the strategic hegemony of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., and determine the fate of societies throughout the Third World.

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“Drawn from an array of archives, Chamberlin’s narrative teaches us that international relations are not simply the whimsy of states but that it is constrained and enabled by the dreams and frustrations of ordinary people forced to be extraordinary because of their circumstances…brilliant.”

— Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations, on The Global Offensive 


  • “The international Cold War rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union did not lead to World War III, but as Chamberlin ably shows in this tour de force, that does not mean the era’s rivalries did not result in widespread carnage.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “A superb example of Cold War international and transnational history.”

    — John Lewis Gaddis, author of On Grand Strategy, on The Global Offensive
  • “Balanced and comprehensive scholarship…masterly.”

    — William Roger Louis, author of Ends of British Imperialism, on The Global Offensive

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About Paul Thomas Chamberlin

Paul Thomas Chamberlin is associate professor of history at Columbia University. He previously taught at the University of Kentucky and has held fellowships at Yale University and Williams College. He is also the author of The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post–Cold War Order.

About Grover Gardner

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.