The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
A New History

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The “dean of Cold War historians” (The New York Times) 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. Brilliant, accessible, almost Shakespearean in its drama, The Cold War stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, more than any other, shaped our own.
 

About John Lewis Gaddis

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JOHN LEWIS GADDIS is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University. His previous books include The United States and the Origins of the Cold War; Strategies of Containment; The Long Peace; We Now Know; The Landscape of History; Surprise, Security, and the American Experience; and The Cold War: A New History. Professor Gaddis teaches courses on Cold War history, grand strategy, international studies, and biography; has won two Yale undergraduate teaching awards; and was a 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal.
 
Published December 26, 2006 by Penguin Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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He discusses the impact of the Berlin Wall, the Cultural Revolution and the Marshall Plan, as well as the Berlin airlift, the Cuban missile crisis, the downing of Gary Powers’s U-2 spy plane, Solidarity’s Gdansk shipyard strike and Nixon’s trip to China.

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A professor of history at Yale, Gaddis is the author of six renowned volumes on the cold war - especially the strategies of both sides - that were written during or shortly after the struggle.

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The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis (333p, Allen Lane, £20) The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times by Odd Arne Westad (484pp, Cambridge, £25) Since the attack on the United States on September 11 2001, and the US retaliation in Afghanistan and Iraq, there must be...

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The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis Allen Lane £20, pp352 It is more than 20 years since Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for their first summit in Geneva to begin the last Cold War chess game that would end in the collapse of Soviet communism.

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Publishers Weekly

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If it's difficult to imagine a history of the Cold War that can be described as thrilling, that should add more luster to Yale historian Gaddis's crown.

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Christian Science Monitor

In signing the decree that dissolved the Soviet Union and ended the East-West competition, Gorbachev also announced an end to the arms race and the "insane militarization" that had "distorted" his country's thinking and "undermined" its morals.

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London Review of Books

But the real difficulty is that to get at the kind of answers a historian of the Cold War now requires calls for access to the Russian archives.

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London Review of Books

America’s struggle with the Soviet Union and Communism during the Cold War is the key founding myth of the modern American state – a state in many ways utterly different from the one that existed before the 1940s.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Jonathan Rosenberg Economist 4 of 5 Stars "It is partly in deference to a new generation that Mr. Gaddis has decided to write a fresh and admirably concise history of the cold war.

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The New York Review of Books

That is considerably longer than the interminable wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon, longer than the infamous Thirty Years War of the seventeenth century, and just one year short of the span of time separating, say, the death of Thomas Jefferson from the birth of Lenin.

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