Cold War : For Forty-five Years the World Held Its Breath, Paperback

Cold War : For Forty-five Years the World Held Its Breath Paperback

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Cold War is the story of the half-century since the end of the Second World War - the story of our lives.

Its framework is the confrontation, military and ideological, between two great powers that dominated the world during these years.

It is a story of crises and conflict on a global scale: from the Berlin Blockade and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the tanks in the streets of Warsaw, Budapest and Prague, to spies, student riots and encounters in space.

In Cold War, Jeremy Isaacs and Taylor Downing record epic history through the detail of individual human experience: the recollections not only of statesmen whose decisions led to these momentous events, but also of the ordinary men and women whose lives were bound up in these years of conflict.

Cold War is the first comprehensive history for the general reader to benefit from the recent opening of Soviet, East European and Chinese archives as well as formerly classified American documents.

In a driving narrative that it both gripping and informative, the true story of the Cold War can at last be told.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages, Integrated: 80, b/w int photos
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9780349120805



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Many books are written about the Cold War and I've read quite a few myself, but this one is different in a positive way.Instead of walking you through all the detailed political negotiations and standoffs, Cold War accurately describes the events chronologically and concise. It's a very entertaining and eye-opening book which explains the hair raising events between two superpowers and makes it readily available and easy to understand for a large audience.Highly recommended!