The Cold War by David Miller

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From 1949 to 1991 the terrible potential of the Cold War loomed over the United States, the Soviet Union, and by extension, the rest of the world. The seeming-certainty of global nuclear conflict defined and articulated the cultural, political, and in particular, the military evolution of both nations. The Cold War provoked an unprecedented military build-up, and the rapidly advancing technology of warfare inspired fundamental changes in military strategy and tactics.

Many books have been written about the politics of this turbulent period, but none have so comprehensively examined the conflict's military strategy and tactics. Using newly declassified information, David Miller, a noted military historian, reveals not only the vast effect that Cold War technology had on the military, but also how the threat of war very nearly became a terrible reality. Chillingly, Miller reveals that while the menace of nuclear war dominated the military theory of the time, there was little in reality that corresponded to these theories. The book goes on to examine each military area in turn, covering the formation of the two great alliances, NATO and the Warsaw Pact, and the strategies and major weapons in the rival navies, armies and air forces. Finally, his in-depth analysis of how military strategy shaped events, and his accounts of crises which could have turned the Cold War hot--the suppression of the Budapest uprising in 1956, and the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981--are essential to an understanding of this definitive period in history.

That the Cold War ended without a conflict was due to professionalism on both sides. The result, Miller suggests, would have impressed the Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu, who, writing in the fifth century BC, said that "to subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill."


About David Miller

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David Miller’s entire 36-year military career in the British Army was spent under the threat of the Cold War. Journalist and author, he has published 25 previous books mostly on defence subjects.
Published January 1, 1998 by JOHN MURRAY. 432 pages
Genres: History, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A dry-as-dust look at the hardware that fought the cold war, by the author of more than 25 works of military history and a veteran of more than 36 years of military service.

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The British author of 24 books mostly on military history (The United States and Africa, etc.), Miller has produced a look at the Cold War that is astonishingly light on the broad diplomatic perspective and way too heavy on the technology--in fact, to call this a military history is to misidentif...

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Project MUSE

Miller's John Updike and the Cold War is the second Updike offering from the University of Missouri Press in the last six months, and it follows Marshall Boswell's engaging theological study, John Updike's Rabbit Tetralogy.

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WV Gazette

Keeley, who served in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1956 to 1989, recently published his insights into events in Greece during the years he first served in the Athens embassy.

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